January is a strange time for us all. While the natural desire to bury our heads and wait for warmer weather can lead us down a pathway of familiarity when selecting our favourite series to watch on Netflix, it is also a moment of new beginnings. The calendar’s first month can also be a great time to start a new show. In our most popular charts, we have a fantastic blend of both to sink our teeth into.
As it is a bright and shiny new year, even as we draw close to the end of the month, let’s first dig into the new entry on this week’s chart. Yes, you read that correctly, there is only one brand new entry on this week’s top ten list and it goes to That ’90s Show.
That ‘70s Show was a fixture of later 1990s TV. The show lasted from 1998 to 2006 and attracted many young fans. Now that youngsters are more obsessed with nostalgia than ever, creating That ‘90s Show seemed like a slam-dunk for Netflix. The synopsis for the reboot reads: “Now it’s 1995, Leia Forman is visiting her grandparents for the summer where she bonds with a new generation of Point Place, WI, kids under the watchful eye of Kitty and the stern glare of Red.”
The series has the double-edged brilliance of being both a new show and delivering a hefty dose of nostalgia, as sprinkled among the episodes are appearances from That ’70s Show alumni, including Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis as Michael and Jackie Kelso. It has grabbed over 40 million hours of viewing and will likely be a welcomed hit of warm fuzziness that the month desperately needs.
Elsewhere on the list, we have a reminder of the storming success of Netflix’s 2022. Not only is Ginny and Georgia still top the charts with its second season, grabbing another 87 million hours of viewing, but Wednesday continues to sit in the top three with another 45 million hours of viewing added to its lengthy run of credentials.
The two latest seasons of Viking Valhalla are also in the top ten list with 80 million hours of viewing between them and Kaleidoscope is enjoying its third week in the most popular charts. However, perhaps one note of disappointment for Netflix is the comparatively meagre return for Emily in Paris.
The show, starring Lilly Collins, was pitched to be a roaring success in 2023 but has yet to deliver the massive numbers its promotional budget suggested. However, with a huge list of new series coming to Netflix in February we won’t give up hope that the streaming platform has another corking series to rival Wednesday for 2023.
Find the complete list below.
The 10 most popular series on Netflix this week:
- Ginny & Georgia: Season 2
- Vikings: Valhalla: Season 2
- Wednesday: Season 1
- Ginny & Georgia: Season 1
- That ’90s Show: Season 1
- Vikings: Valhalla: Season 1
- Kaleidoscope: Limited Series
- Emily in Paris: Season 3
- New Amsterdam: Season 1
- The Walking Dead: Season 11