Stranger Things 4 Becomes Second Netflix Series After Game Squid To Cross One Billion Hours Watched
Stranger Things 4 became just the second Netflix series after 2021’s Korean survival thriller Squid Game, which logged 1.65 billion hours in its first 28 days, to reach one billion hours watched. . The nine-episode fourth season of sci-fi horror series Stranger Things has been watched for 1.15 billion hours since the seven-part first episode, dubbed “Volume 1”, released on the streaming platform on May 27. Of those, 301 million hours came last weekend thanks to the two-part Volume 2, released on July 1. Both episodes have a combined running time of over four hours, with the Season 4 finale being longer than many feature films, which may have worked in their favor on that front.
Netflix mentioned that Stranger Things 4 hit the “Top 10” list in 93 different countries this weekend, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy , Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States, among others. The full list is available on Netflix’s Top 10 website. Additionally, all four seasons were among the top six most-watched shows during this period, with only The Umbrella Academy manages to hold on.
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That said, Netflix’s audience measurement system is quite complicated, as the streaming platform measures the number of hours watched in the first 28 days rather than the number of users who actually watched the title, by question, from beginning to end. This basically means that the figure depends on how the episodes air and how long they last.
Considering this, it can be said that the overwhelming response to Stranger Things 4 underscores the popularity of Squid Game, as the Korean series is still in pole position despite the fact that it featured much shorter episodes with an average running time of about 45 minutes. Also, it was not promoted as aggressively as the series created by Duffer Brothers.
Stranger Things 4 Volume 2 still has a few more weeks to add to its tally, which could help the new season challenge or even surpass Squid Game.
All nine episodes of Stranger Things 4 are available on Netflix worldwide.
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