This Middling Adam Sandler Comedy Is Netflix’s Most-Watched Release of 2019

It beat out "Stranger Things" and "The Irishman"

Murder Mystery
Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler star in the Netflix hit "Murder Mystery"

Uncut Gems is garnering critical acclaim, but a lot of Adam Sandler fans apparently prefer his, uh, lighter fare. Which explains how the comic’s flick Murder Mystery (currently 45% on Rotten Tomatoes) was Netflix’s most popular release of 2019.

Admittedly, the methodology for determining the streaming service’s most-watched programming was odd. According to CNN, the list was based on the number of subscribers who watched at least two minutes of a series, movie or special during its first 28 days. “We used this metric because this is a ranking, so we’re looking for relativity rather than finite numbers,” a Netflix spokesperson told CNN Business.

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The full list is below. The most impressive entry might be The Witcher, a fantasy series starring Henry Cavill that only debuted on Netflix on December 20th but is already the most in-demand TV show in the world.

  1. Murder Mystery
  2. Stranger Things 3
  3. 6 Underground
  4. The Incredibles 2
  5. The Irishman
  6. The Witcher
  7. Triple Frontier
  8. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
  9. The Umbrella Academy
  10. The Highwaymen

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