The fourth season of Stranger Things has officially joined the Netflix billionaires club.
Following the release of the final two episodes of Season 4 on July 1, the latest entry in the Duffer Brothers’ acclaimed sci-fi show has become the biggest English-language film. Netflix series of all time and the first to rack up over a billion hours of viewing in its first 28 days of release.
According to the streamer latest popularity rankings (opens in new tab), Stranger Things season 4 garnered nearly twice as many viewers as Netflix’s second most popular English-language series, bridgerton season 2 (which gained 656 million viewing hours in its debut month) and has so far logged around half a billion more viewing hours than Stranger Things season 3 achieved in the same period.
Stranger Things season 4 is now second only to squid game on the streamer’s list of the most popular TV series, period, and while episodes 1-7 will no longer count towards the show’s run total, episodes 8 and 9 still have the power to dethrone Hwang Dong’s dystopian survival drama. -hyuk if they keep snatching viewers.
At the time of writing, Stranger Things season 4 has racked up 1.15 billion viewing hours in its first month – but Squid Game reached an even more impressive 1.65 billion (For perspective, that means audiences spent over 182,000 cumulative years watching the show in its first four weeks of release.)
Can Stranger Things Really Dethrone Squid Game?
As mentioned, Stranger Things season 4 volume 2 will continue to increase the total number of views for the first month of the season until its 28-day release window ends on July 28. more hours of viewing in just over four weeks.
That’s certainly a tall order for Hawkins’ gang — but not impossible. Stranger Things season 4 volume 2 has time on its side; Episodes 8 and 9 have a combined runtime of approximately four hours, which means that, by our amateur calculations, about 125 million more people will need to tune in to – or re-watch – the season finale (you know what to do, fans by Eddie Munson).
Whether Season 4 of Stranger Things succeeds or not – for what it’s worth, this writer is banking on the Squid Game’s enduring dominance – the success of the latest entry in the Duffer Brothers’ beloved sci-fi series will be a welcome relief. for Netflix, which had a rough 2022 amid massive subscriber losses and show cancellations.
Season 4’s beautiful viewership numbers also bode well for Stranger Things season 5, which will mark the show’s last major release. Rumors have suggested that the Stranger Things universe could continue in future films and spinoff series, but no future projects have been confirmed yet.