"Breaking Bad" tops list of most binge-watched shows

Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in a scene from the fifth season of "Breaking Bad." Ursula Coyote/AMC

If you've ever "binge-watched" a TV series -- as in sitting down and watching multiple episodes of a show at a time -- you're not alone. Far from it, in fact.

A survey conducted this spring by Tivo, released Wednesday, found that 91 percent of viewers have engaged in that exact practice (defined as watching three episodes of the same program in a row), and 40 percent said they'd binged on a show within the same week as the survey.

Some people said they binge-watched in order to "catch up" on TV and "only having learned about the show after many episodes had already aired," according to the survey, with 29 percent of respondents admitting they've deliberately put off watching an entire season of a show until they could watch the whole thing at once

The most-binged show, according to the survey, was AMC's "Breaking Bad." Thirty-five percent of respondents said they'd consumed the series in large quantities. That was followed by "House of Cards" (29 percent), "Game of Thrones" (25 percent), "The Walking Dead" (24 percent) and "Downton Abbey" (23 percent).

Rounding out the top 10 were any version of "Star Trek" (20 percent), "Homeland" (19 percent), "Mad Men" (18 percent), "Doctor Who" (18 percent") and "NCIS" (14 percent).

Respondents came from an opt-in panel of approximately 30,000 Tivo subscribers, 15,196 of which participated in the survey.

A separate survey commissioned by Netflix last year also found binge-watching to be a common behavior, with 61 percent of those who watch TV online saying they binge-watch two to three episodes at least every few weeks.

Tell us: Do you binge-watch television shows? Which ones?

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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