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.
Stranger Things 4 Is the Second Netflix Series to Surpass One Billion Hours Viewed!
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 right now that it is helping boost 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 viewing numbers.
The method that Netflix uses to calculate viewership is famously strange and difficult to understand.
The streaming service keeps tabs on how many times an episode of a show is watched in the first 28 days after it becomes available; however, the accuracy of these numbers is highly variable due to the manner in which episodes are made available, the length of the episodes, and a number of other factors.
Stranger Things 4 is hours longer than Squid Game and had a marketing effort that was months long behind it, and Squid Game still beat it with 1.65 billion hours viewed. If anything, you might argue that the success of Stranger Things merely highlights how massive Squid Game actually was.
The most recent two episodes of Stranger Things still have a few weeks to gather up viewer hours; however, Netflix’s figures will no longer consider the first batch of episodes in the series. However, Stranger Things could still catch it.
The fact that each episode is so lengthy — we’re talking long-movie length here — provides the show with an even greater opportunity to win the competition for the number one spot. (As I’ve already mentioned, the measurement is unclear.)
Therefore, you shouldn’t put too much stock into the specifics, other than the fact that you can state with a high degree of certainty that the current season of Stranger Things is very well received.
It is also quite good, and it positions the show for an extremely exciting finish in the following season.
And because this is the kind of long-lasting brand that Netflix has been desperately trying to establish over the past several years, you can anticipate that the corporation will continue to pull out all the stops in an effort to pique people’s interest in the goings-on in Hawkins, Indiana.
Therefore, it is safe to expect that the audience for Stranger Things 5 will be extremely large.