Thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, we're not restricted to things like TV schedules anymore. However, it turns out we still prefer to watch certain types of shows at certain times of day.
Netflix evaluated six months of streaming data from about 77 million accounts around the world per month. And on Tuesday, it released some of its findings regarding what people like to watch and when.
“For years our lives had to fit around television, now it’s the other way around,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix vice president of original content, in a statement. “We’ve given consumers control and it’s interesting to see the behaviors that emerge when viewers aren’t tied to a schedule. And even more so to see that these routines are replicated by millions the world over.”
Here's what Neflix found:
People are more likely to watch light comedies when they first wake up.
In fact, they're 34 percent more likely to watch comedies around 6 a.m., compared to the rest of the day.
According to Netflix, Fuller House originally premiered at 8 p.m. But it turns out people would rather watch it before 8 a.m.
Same goes for shows like The Office, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Friends.
Between noon and 2 p.m., people turn on the dramas.
During that time, dramas account for nearly half the videos watched all across the world. That's up 5 percent when compared to the rest of the day.
Netflix gives examples of shows like Shameless, Grey’s Anatomy and Orange is the New Black.
Come 9 p.m., people tend to watch more thrilling shows like The Walking Dead, Stranger Things and Breaking Bad.
But viewers like to wind down for bed with something light. So as soon as 11 p.m. rolls around, they throw on another comedy like Parks and Recreation orMaster of None.
Late night learning
The night owls who stay up between midnight and 6 a.m. are the ones watching the most intellectual shows.
Netflix says that documentaries like Abstract, Making a Murderer and Planet Earth see a 24 percent increase in viewing during those times.
You can read more about Netflix's findings here.