The fourth and most recent installment of the critically acclaimed series Stranger Things has recently become the second show in the history of Netflix to accumulate more than one billion hours of viewership. There have been a total of 1.15 billion hours spent watching the nine episodes of the season by viewers since the first episode of the season was released on May 27. This includes 301 million hours spent just this past weekend watching the episodes.
This makes the fourth season of Stranger Things the second most-watched season in the history of Netflix, behind only the season of Squid Game in 2021. According to the company, it was one of the Top 10 most viewed items on Netflix in 93 different countries over the weekend.
The program is so popular at the moment that it is helping to promote the older seasons as well: all four seasons of Stranger Things were among Netflix’s six most-watched shows over the weekend, with only The Umbrella Academy being able to stay up with the viewership numbers.
The South Korean drama “Squid Game,” which was released on Netflix in September of 2021, was the first series to pass the one billion milestones in terms of total views. With 1.65 billion hours watched, “Squid Game” is still the most popular TV title in the history of Netflix. The streaming service only counts the number of hours watched during a title’s first 28 days of availability; beyond that, viewership is not taken into account.
The fourth season of “Stranger Things” is currently the most popular original series ever produced by Netflix in the English language, and it is the company’s second most popular original series overall. And in a strict sense, it could still end up being better than “Squid Game.”
As a result of the segmented distribution of the season, viewing of Volume 2 during the 28 days after July 1 will contribute to the popularity tally, despite the fact that viewership of Volume 1 has already finished being tallied toward the popularity tally.
During the viewing window that ran from June 27 to July 3, viewers spent a combined total of 301.3 million hours watching Season 4, while Volume 2 was only accessible for a total of three days. The viewing window that spanned May 30-June 5 as Volume 1’s first full week of availability, and it resulted in 335 million hours being viewed during that time period.
This past week was the second most successful week of the season. It should come as no surprise that the season has returned to the top spot on the Netflix Top 10 chart, where it has remained for the vast majority of the weeks since the initial release of Volume 1.
The one and only exception to this rule occurred one week ago, during the watching window that ran from June 20 to June 26, when the amazing season 3 premiere of “The Umbrella Academy” on June 22 took the first position. This week, “The Umbrella Academy” maintains its strong performance, moving up one spot to the No. 2 spot. During the first full week that Season 3 was available, which began on June 27 and ended on July 3, it was viewed for a total of 88 million hours.