You spoke, and we listened. We are keeping Profiles. Thank you for all the calls and e-mails telling us how important Profiles are. We are sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused. We hope the next time you hear from us we will delight, and not disappoint, you.
-Your friends at Netflix
Additional sources of confirmation:
Netflix Community Blog
Somebody on Slashdot (take that for what it is worth) responded to another poster's theory that this was a "New Coke" ploy to publicize features:
I used to work there, and I assure you that that was not the case. Profiles caused pain with almost every product development / feature planning session we/they ever had, and I'm surprised that it got a reprieve given the tiny fraction of the customer base that uses/used it.
What astonishes me is that supposedly only around 2% of the customer base uses the feature. What on earth are they doing? Do they just not realize that queues exist, or how they could help them manage their movies? Are they not tech-savvy? Do they perceive it as being too much bother to mess with? Who is this average user?
Not our household, that's for sure. Each of us has our own queue, and then we also have an "Us" queue for the movies we want to see together.
Whatever. I'm just glad that they listened to the outcry and uproar of their customer base and that queues are back. I wouldn't have gone to Blockbuster -- I refuse to support their censorship of NC-17 movies -- but I would've cut our discs-at-a-time down to one, so Netflix would've made a lot less. Relieved that I won't have to resort to that.