Stranger Issues 4, the latest season of the hit present, simply grew to become the second Netflix present ever to surpass a billion hours seen. Because the first installment of the season dropped on Could twenty seventh, viewers have spent a cumulative 1.15 billion hours watching the season’s 9 episodes, together with 301 million hours simply this previous weekend. That makes Stranger Issues 4 the second most-watched Netflix season ever, after Squid Recreation in 2021. It was in Netflix’s High 10 in 93 completely different nations this weekend, the corporate says. The present is so in style proper now that it’s boosting the older seasons, too: all 4 Stranger Issues seasons had been in Netflix’s six most-watched reveals over the weekend, with solely The Umbrella Academy in a position to sustain.

Netflix’s viewership measurement system is notoriously bizarre and complicated. The service tracks how a lot a present is seen within the first 28 days after its launch, however these numbers differ broadly based mostly on how the episodes are launched, how lengthy they’re, and a bunch of different components.

Stranger Issues 4 vaulted to the highest of Netflix’s all-time most-viewed lists — however just for English reveals.
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If something, you could possibly argue that Stranger Issues’ success simply underscores how big Squid Recreation actually was: Stranger Issues 4 is hours longer than Squid Recreation and had a months-long advertising technique behind it, and Squid Recreation nonetheless trumped it with 1.65 billion hours seen. Stranger Issues may nonetheless catch it, although; Netflix’s numbers will now not depend the primary batch of episodes, however the latest two nonetheless have just a few weeks to select up viewer hours. These episodes are lengthy, too — like, long-movie lengthy — which provides the present a good higher shot on the prime spot. (Like I stated, the measurement is complicated.)

So that you shouldn’t learn an excessive amount of into the specifics aside from to say with nice confidence that the present season of Stranger Issues could be very in style. It’s additionally superb, and units the present up for an enormous conclusion subsequent season. And it’s the sort of enduring franchise that Netflix has been determined to construct in recent times, so you must anticipate the corporate to maintain pulling out all of the stops to make individuals care about what occurs in Hawkins, Indiana.

So you may solely assume that Stranger Issues 5 goes to be big.

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