It takes a lot to get me hooked on a television show. I’m usually not enthralled by the first episode—it takes me around three or four episodes to truly get invested in the characters and get absorbed in the show. Sometimes I’ll give a widely praised show (like Breaking Bad) a try and just don’t immediately see what everyone else sees. Other times I’ll watch the first episode and realize that I’m about to start a new love affair (The latter definitely happened with Grey’s Anatomy and New Girl). In a Media Relations class we talked about how it’s actually a certain episode for each show that attracts and keeps viewers. Netflix recently released a study that listed the exact episode it was for a variety of their shows that got people hooked:
I thought this was so interesting, as it differed greatly amongst shows. For How I Met Your Mother, it was episode 8 that kept the audience watching whereas for Breaking Bad it was episode 2. I guess this proves I need to give Breaking Bad another try, as I still can’t get past the boring first episode.
Another article from Decider.com delved into more specific questions about this study. They found that while comedies tend to hook viewers more easily in the beginning, it takes a lot for viewers to stay hooked. According to the Netflix study, dramas are more of an acquired taste but produce more dedicated and loyal viewers. Something interesting to think about!