'Stranger Things' Season 4 sets viewership record on Netflix, leaves 'Bridgeton' Season 2 behind
Season 4 of ‘Stranger Things’ has finally been released on Netflix and opened to a thunderous response from the critics as well as audiences. The latest edition of the Netflix sci-fi thriller series sees the gang fighting a new villain this time around, Vecna. The evil leech is trying to wreak havoc in Hawkins and killing people at will.
One of the striking aspects of the latest edition is the horror element. That’s why the fourth season of the Netflix series is much darker and scarier this time around. The first part of “super-sized” Season 4 features seven episodes and the average runtime of the first six episodes are 1 hour and 15 minutes. Meanwhile, the seventh episode is clocked at 1 hour and 38 minutes.
Even if the episodes are much longer than usual, fans are flocking to Netflix to watch the latest season in large numbers. The streaming platform recently revealed that the fourth season of the Netflix series has broken all the viewership records and become the most-watched English-language show on the streaming service overtaking the second edition of ‘Bridgeton’.
According to the latest numbers, ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 logged the biggest premiere weekend ever for Netflix's original series with 286.79 million hours of viewing. The report also suggested that the fourth edition reached the numero uno position in 83 countries and set another premiere weekend record.
‘Bridgerton’ Season 2 had 193 million hours of watch time in its opening weekend and went on to dethrone the show’s first season as the most-watched English language series. In April 2022, it was announced that Season 2 of ‘Bridgerton’ had 656.26 million hours of watch time in the first 28 days of its release and reached the number one spot in 92 countries. Going by the numbers, ‘Stranger Things’ has almost reached the halfway mark in the opening weekend and the final two episodes of Season 4 are yet to come.
It will be interesting to see if ‘Stranger Things’ will be able to surpass the record set by the Korean series ‘Squid Game’. The Netflix show still holds the record of being the most-watched series ever on the streaming platform. The first season amassed 1.65 billion hours in the first 28 days of its release and was seen by more than 142 million households in the first four weeks from launch.
As far as ‘Stranger Things’ is concerned, the show will be returning for the final two episodes of Season 4 on July 1. The season finale will be 2 hours and 30 minutes long, making it the biggest episode in the show’s history. Season 4 currently holds a rating of 94 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes. However, when it comes to audience rating, the fourth edition has a rating of 91 per cent on the aforementioned platform, making it the second-highest rated season.
The ending of Volume 1 has made everyone curious about the final two episodes. With Nancy still stuck in the Upside Down, it will be interesting to see how her friends are going to save her from the devil’s wrath. On the other hand, Jim Hopper has finally been rescued by Joyce and Bret.
Eleven has got her powers back, while the rest of the characters are doing their bit to kill the evil monster. The final two episodes of Season 4 will set the perfect stage for the fifth and final season.
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