House of Cards Is the Most Popular TV Show in the World Right Now (According to IMDb)

    February 15, 2013
    Josh Wolford

According to the IMDb MOVIEmeter, the Netflix original series House of Cards is currently the most popular TV show in the world right now.

IMDb’s MOVIEmeter is based on algorithms that determine levels of public awareness and interest. It takes into account IMDb pageviews and well as star ratings.

“IMDb Pro uses proprietary algorithms that take into account several measures of popularity for people and titles. The primary measure is who and what people are looking at on the public website. Other factors include Box office receipts and user quality votes on a scale of 1-10,” says IMDb.

According to IMDb, this doesn’t mean that House of Cards is the best TV show out there (although I can personally confirm that it’s undoubtedly one of the most addictive). It’s not a rank of that. What it does show is a ton of buzz and interest for the new political drama.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings seems delighted by the news:

Reed Hastings

Wow. House of Cards now the #1 most popular TV show in the world, according to IMDb. And I still can’t get Ted Sarandos to tell me how many millions are enjoying it on Netflix.
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Earlier this week, we learned from Netflix Content Chief Ted Sarandos that House of Cards is currently the most-watched program on Netflix – both in terms of total hours streamed and total viewers.

“We’re not doing ratings, [but] we’re thrilled with the numbers,” said Sarandos. “It’s the most watched thing on Netflix in every country we operate in.”

More good news for Netflix, who spent a pretty penny on this series (and who has plenty of other original series in the works).