Stranger Things has been a massive hit worldwide. Stranger Things season 4 is divided into two volumes. “Volume 1” premiered in May, and “Volume 2” premiered today. The series recently broke Nielsen streaming records with insane numbers for a single week.
According to Nielsen’s recently published streaming Top 10 records, the smash hit Netflix series “Stranger Things” has smashed the record for most watched program in a single week. The first full week of Season 4 Volume 1’s release, from May 30 to June 5, saw 7.2 billion minutes of viewing of the science fiction drama, easily placing it at the top of the leaderboard.
“Tiger King” and “Ozark,” were the only two shows to reach that milestone in March 2020. They got more than 5 billion minutes seen in a single week. Season 4 Volume 1’s opening weekend likewise debuted at No. 1. The series received 5.1 billion minutes of viewing time between its May 27 premiere and May 29, when the viewing period came to a close.
“Stranger Things” Season 4 Volume 1, which consists of seven episodes and clocks in at over nine hours, was seen for 286.8 million hours, or about 17.2 billion minutes, according to Netflix’s self-reported figures for the debut weekend. Netflix reported that between May 23 and May 29, Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4 were seen for a combined 371.3 million hours, or 22.3 billion minutes, compared to Nielsen’s 5.1 billion. This is because Nielsen includes the viewership of all accessible seasons.
However, there is still a gap because Netflix counts viewing across all devices, whereas Nielsen only counts TV viewing. The two four-hour-plus episodes that make up “Stranger Things” Season 4 Volume 2 will be available on Netflix on July 1st. See Nielsen’s most recent Top 10 streaming rankings below. Original titles for the period of May 23–29 are listed first, followed by overall titles for the same period, and finally original and overall titles for the period of May 30th–June 5th.
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