‘Glass Onion’ brings Netflix into UK’s TV top ten for the first time
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'Glass Onion' brings Netflix into UK's TV top ten for the first time

For the first time, Netflix is featured in the UK’s weekly top ten most-watched programmes. This is thanks to Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, a sequel that has garnered an audience of 6.7million over Christmas, placing it in fifth place. 

Furthermore, the Rian Johnson film has also been featured in the top 10 for the following week after attracting an average of 5.2million viewers, bringing it to number eight. 

After only one week in cinemas at the end of November, Glass Onion premiered on Netflix on Friday, December 23rd. Bond actor Daniel Craig reprises his role as detective Benoit Blanc tasked with tracking down a murderer through a series of complex and layered clues. 

Craig told Esquire how the success of the first film, Knives Out, was too strong not to build on with a sequel.There was no lightbulb moment of, ‘Oh, here we go,'” the actor shared. “But the success of Knives Out meant that we could then more freely start having a conversation, and it was possible to go, ‘Okay, well, let’s talk about it, because clearly if we want to do it we probably can.'”

The movie also stars Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista.

Netflix recently signed up with Barb, an audience research body for the UK TV industry, which has included the Glass Onion viewing figures since November. Before this, Netflix’s ratings were not public knowledge as they were streamed online rather than broadcasted on a channel. 

Barb’s streaming data is calculated based on the average audience during the first seven days following a program’s launch or over a whole calendar week during which the program is available. As it only includes TV viewing, the actual number of people who watched the programmes may be higher.

Wednesday was the first Netflix original series to appear in Barb’s top 50. The horror-comedy appeared on the list at number 37 by Sunday, November 27th, with an average of 3.7million TV viewers. The documentary Harry & Meghan showcasing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex”s experiences with the press charted at number 17th by Sunday, December 11th, thanks to 4.5 million views. 

Barb’s official ratings include people who record and watch the broadcast up to seven days later, making them consolidated figures. Ratings for TV channel programmes consider streaming on tablets, PCS and smartphones.