Why ‘Sweet Magnolias’ Scored at Season 4 Renewal at Netflix

Metrics that looks into the success of Sweet Magnolias on Netflix.

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Sweet Magnolias. (L to R) Caroline Lagerfelt as Paula, JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Maddie in episode 310 of Sweet Magnolias. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023

Sweet Magnolias was recently renewed for a fourth season, but what went into the decision for that renewal? Although Netflix provides some data, thanks to other data companies, we can look under the hood to see how well the show performed, offering insights into the reasons behind its renewal.

Over the past few years, through multiple methods, we’ve been offered insight into viewership on Netflix. We’ve got data from Netflix itself through the daily top 10s introduced in early 2020 and later the top 10 website in November 2021 that gave and continues to provide us with weekly insights into hours watched for the most-watched 40 movies and shows on the service.

Through that, data from other companies, and some leaked insights from Bloomberg, we’ve been able to get under the hood on why a show gets renewed.

One of those data companies we’ve been leaning on is PlumResearch. Based out of Poland, the company uses panels of users worldwide to provide via their Showlabs  platform “a precise and granular audience measurement of streaming platforms and FAST channels.”

We’ve used their data before looking into completion rates for different shows that we’ve noticed plays a significant role in renewals. This time, however, they provided some additional insights, specifically about Sweet Magnolias, which shows its evolution across the three seasons.

Before we dig in, note that this data is pulled from their United States panel.


Completion Rate Data for Sweet Magnolias

Let’s begin with the completion rate, then. By completion rate, we’re referring to the percentage of people that get from the start of the series to the end.

Below, you can see the graph for the completion rates for Sweet Magnolias seasons 1-3 spread out over three different periods:

  • 7 days (the first week)
  • 28 days (the first month)
  • 90 days (the first three months)

These periods reflect how Netflix does or has released data in the past. In the Summer of 2023, they switched their top 10 to a 91-day metric, for example.

sweet magnolias completion rate seasons 1 3

Courtesy of PlumResearch


Other Insights Into Sweet Magnolias

PlumResearch also gave us some additional insights into the show’s performance, suggesting that despite having a slightly less completion rate, the average time spent with season 3 is the highest on their panel compared to the previous two seasons. Below, the ATS refers to Average Time Spent, “the average minutes that content was viewed, which includes all views of a given piece of content by each profile for the given time period.”

Title (Season) Release Date Season Episodes Number Average Episode Duration ATS (min) 90D
Sweet Magnolias S1 2020-05-19 10 48,7 270.6
Sweet Magnolias S2 2022-02-04 10 50,7 374.3
Sweet Magnolias S3 2023-07-20 10 51,5 384.8

They also provided us with even more additional stats and some of their metrics on how they measure the success of a show.

Before we show you the chart, here are a few quick explainers for a couple of the items in the table that you may not be familiar with.

Binge Watching: this metric tells you how bingeable a TV series is. It’s the percentage of Unique Viewers (UV) who watched at least n episodes consecutively during one uninterrupted watching session. A watching session remains uninterrupted when the next episode is started within a 2-hour window from the end of the previous episode.

Get Hooked: this metric lists the earliest episode number where at least 70% of this episode’s audience finished fully watching all of the episodes in the season. Essentially, this metric tells you how quickly a certain season gets viewers addicted to a show.”

With that out of the way, here are the remaining insights for Sweet Magnolias seasons 1-3:

Title (Season) Date Indicator Binge Watching (2+) Get Hooked Total Hours Watched Unique Viewers
Season 1 7D 74 7/10 26.0M 7.0M
Season 2 7D 81 6/10 33.1M 6.6M
Season 3 7D 77.2 6/10 22.1M 4.7M
Season 1 28D 78.4 4/10 58.5M 13.6M
Season 2 28D 86.5 2/10 62.1M 10.5M
Season 3 28D 84.1 3/10 45.2M 7.5M
Season 1 90D 80.2 3/10 76.5M 17.0M
Season 2 90D 88.3 1/10 73.9M 11.9M
Season 3 90D 85.9 2/10 56.4M 8.8M

Nicolás Herrera, a Data Analyst at PlumResearch, told us:

“The Unique Viewers for each season have been decreasing, with the latest installment having about 50% of the first season’s total viewers. However, the first season had the lowest engaging metrics. This is primarily reflected in the Completion Rate metric, where only about 55% of the audience fully watched all of the episodes of the season.

With all the seasons having the same format, a higher Binge Watching metric in season 2 reflects the ability of keeping the viewers interested, compelling them to watch at least 2 or more (BW 2+) episodes. Additionally, the Get Hooked metric for this season shows that at least 70% of the first episode audience finished all ten episodes of the season within 90 days, reflecting a robust engagement since the first episode”

We thank PlumResearch for providing this data to us and hope that it offers some insight into the show’s performance. We look forward to sharing more insights like this in the future.

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 Poster Rating: TV-14
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Romance
Cast: Carson Rowland, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott
Season Additions:
  • - Season 3 was added to Netflix on July 20th, 2023
  • - Season 2 was added to Netflix on February 4th, 2022
  • - Season 1 was added to Netflix on May 19th, 2020

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