Netflix viewers watched 'The Tinder Swindler' for 166 million hours making it its most-watched documentary

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What you need to know

  • Netflix says The Tinder Swindler was watched for 166 million hours in its first 28 days.
  • The documentary has become the streamer's most-watched to date.
  • The Tinder Swindler tells the story of Tinder conman Simon Leviev including how women worked to bring him down.

If you're a Netflix subscriber there's a good chance you've seen it promote one documentary above all others. The Tinder Swindler has proven hugely popular as a result — so popular that it's become the streamer's most-watched documentary to date.

Just how popular is The Tinder Swindler you ask? Netflix says that it was watched for a total of 166 million hours in its first 28 days of availability. Deadline reports that Netflix made the announcement via its recent financial results.

It is, however, difficult to put those 166 million hours into perspective. Netflix recently changed the way it reports these kinds of things. As an example, last year's most-watched documentary was American Murder: The Family Next Door which was watched by around 52 million Netflix subscribers. We don't have numbers for the total hours watched, however.

As for this year's hit, The Tinder Swindler arrived on February 2 and managed 45.8 hours of watch time in just four days. After a week, that grew to 64.7 million hours.

The documentary itself tells the story of Israeli conman Simon Leviev who used the dating app Tinder to con women out of money. It also includes the story of how a group of women worked to end his spree, too.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.