‘Stranger Things 4’ Fails to Break ‘Squid Game’ Record as Most Popular Netflix TV Season Ever

It’s official: “Stranger Things” Season 4 Volume 2 did not surpass “Squid Game” as Netflix’s most watched television season ever after 28 days had gone since the season’s release.

This statistic is calculated by the streamer based on the number of hours watched over the first 28 days a show was made available.

The viewership of Volume 1 within Volume 2’s qualifying window did not count toward the final tally in the instance of the segmented release of “Stranger Things” Season 4 Volume 1 since Volume 2’s viewership was merged with Volume 1’s viewership in the 28 days after its debut. (Whereas Volume 1’s seven episodes made their premiere on May 27 and Volume 2’s two episodes did so on July 1, respectively.)

Stranger Things Loses To Squid Game

Final viewership figures for “Stranger Things” Season 4 were 1.4 billion hours compared to “Squid Game’s” 1.7 billion. The running times of both seasons should be noted: “Squid Game” is around 8 hours long overall, whilst “Stranger Things” Season 4 is over 13 hours long. Despite having a 5-hour lead, the Duffer brothers’ sci-fi smash couldn’t catch up to Hwang Dong-South hyuk’s Korean drama.

For the second week in a row, “Virgin River” Season 4 beat out “Stranger Things” Season 4 on Netflix’s Top 10 list with 87.9 million hours seen during its first full week of availability, surpassing “Stranger Things” Season 4 with 57.7 million hours watched. Additionally, this was the first week since the release of “Stranger Things” Season 4 Volume 1 that the show’s earlier seasons weren’t represented in the Top 10: Season 3 came in eighth place with 21.4 million hours, followed by Season 2 in tenth place with 20.2 million hours, however Season 1 did not make the cut.

“Keep Breathing,” starring Melissa Barrera as Liv, a New York lawyer who is the only survivor when her private jet crashes in a remote area of Canada, came in third place after four days of availability. 48.1 million hours of the limited series’ July 28th launch were viewed. With 24.7 million hours watched after five days of availability, the limited series “The Most Hated Man on the Internet” also made its Top 10 debut this week, debuting in sixth position. The documentary project chronicles a mother’s battle with Hunter Moore, the self-described “King of Revenge Porn,” after naked pictures of her daughter appeared online.

This week, “Resident Evil” is still in the Top 10, coming in at No. 5 with 27.5 million hours of viewing. Following a recent comeback, “Manifest” also remains on the charts, with Season 1 ranking No. 4 (39.8 million) and Season 2 ranking No. 7. (24.2 million). This week, Season 3 returned at No. 9 with 20.6 million hours.


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