Wow! You just won't believe what Stranger Things has done on Netflix now

    Stranger Things season 4 has become the second Netflix show to record 1 billion hours viewed on the platform. It is now aiming to dethrone Squid Games.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 13:41 IST
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    Stranger Things has hit a new milestone of popularity after it became only the second show to hit 1 billion hours viewed on the platform. (Netflix India / Twitter)
    Netflix
    Stranger Things has hit a new milestone of popularity after it became only the second show to hit 1 billion hours viewed on the platform. (Netflix India / Twitter)

    It has not even been a week since the second installment of the fourth season of Stranger Things has hit the platform and the Netflix original series has reached another huge milestone. It has become the second show in the history of Netflix to surpass 1 billion hours viewed on the platform. Viewers have watched the show for a collective 1.15 billion hours since its release on May 27. However, 2021's Squid Games still remains at the top position with 1.65 billion hours viewed. With the second volume just being launched, there is a possibility that the show will rake in more hours watched. This big achievement by Stranger Things is also important because it comes at a time when Netflix is struggling with loss of subscribers and changes to its existing subscription model.

    Stranger Things season 4 surpasses 1 billion hours viewed

    The report comes from The Verge, who revealed that 301 million hours out of the total 1.15 billion came just the previous weekend after the second installment was released. The Stranger Things season 4 Volume 2 only had two episodes but its popularity is at an all time high as these two parts not only give conclusion to the season but also explain the backstory of Eleven, a pivotal character with psychic abilities. The final episode of the season was 2 hours 30 minutes long, putting some feature films to shame.

    Stranger Things was in the top 10 shows watched in a whopping 93 countries this weekend, according to Netflix. The show has started boosting the hours viewed for the previous seasons of the show as well as all the four seasons were in the top 6 most watched shows for Netflix over the weekend.

    The way Netflix measures these viewed hours makes it even more impressive for the show. While it is a very complex system, at surface level, the platform tracks how much a movie or a show is viewed in the first 28 days after its release. So, older seasons or the first installment of the 4th seasons will not count towards the show's total viewership. Some believe that the only reason Stranger Things was able to reach this high was because the season was split into two halves, allowing it to get more viewership from the same season. If you have not watched the show and the brilliant performances of Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Natalia Dyer, Gaten Matarazzo, Joe Keery and others, you should do it now. You will require a subscription to Netflix for it, however.

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    First Published Date: 06 Jul, 16:46 IST
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