'Stranger Things' Season 4 shatters Nielsen streaming records, beats 'Obi-Wan Kenobi', 'The Boys' easily

'Stranger Things' Season 4 shatters Nielsen streaming records, beats 'Obi-Wan Kenobi', 'The Boys' easily
Official poster of 'Stranger Things' Season 4 volume 2 (Netflix), Ewan McGregor in 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' (Disney+) and A still from 'The Boys' Season 3 (Amazon Prime Video)

Season 4 of ‘Stranger Things’ has broken several records from the day it dropped on Netflix. The first volume of the fourth edition was released on May 27 and took everyone by storm. On the other hand, the second volume made its way to the streaming platform on Friday, July, and opened to stellar reviews. However, it seems the show has broken another record that brings it into the league of elites.

The Netflix series has surpassed a major milestone and created a new record, according to Nielsen. With the help of super-sized Volume 1 of ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4, the series managed to rack up 7.2 billion minutes of streaming from May 30 to June 5. The aforementioned numbers were the highest weekly total for any streaming title since the organization began its weekly TV ratings almost two years ago.


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The previous record-holder was Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’, which in March 2020 totaled 5.3 billion minutes viewed.

'Joe Exotic' in 'Tiger King' (Netflix)


According to Nielsen, the show managed to rake in record numbers in the last week of May as well. From May 23 – May 29, the sci-fi horror series had 5.14 billion minutes of viewing, which made it the most-watched show in the world. As a whole, the show’s two-week total stood at 12.34 billion minutes of viewing. Nielsen also revealed that no other show has managed to cross the 6 billion (minutes) mark in a single week and the only shows to come close to doing that were ‘Tiger King’ and ‘Ozark’.

The Netflix series 'Stranger Things' defeated shows like ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ and ‘The Boys’ by long distance, making it the most-watched show across the globe. The Disney+ series made its debut at number three during the week of May 3 and racked up 1 billion minutes of viewing across its first two episodes. Meanwhile, the show stayed at the same position in the week of May 30 – June 5 with 958 minutes viewed across three available episodes.

A still of Ewan Mcgregor (pictured) in Obi-Wan Kenobi 


Amazon Prime Videos’ ‘The Boys’ received rave reviews from everyone and landed at the number 4 position with 950 million minutes viewed across 19 total available episodes.

‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 has already become the most-watched English language show on Netflix, with 781.04 million hours of viewing in its first 28 days of release. In the process, it also became the second most-watched Netflix series of all time and the only show ahead of it is ‘Squid Game’ (1.65 billion hours). With the final two episodes of the ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 just released, the numbers are expected to go up for sure, but it is highly unlikely that it will be able to beat ‘Squid Game’.

However, the Nielsen list confirms that people love ‘Stranger Things’ and are tuning in large numbers to watch the show.

Millie Bobby Brown (pictured) as Eleven in 'Stranger Things' Season 4 (Netflix)


Volume 2 of ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 ended on an ominous note even after Eleven managed to defeat Vecna in the Upside Down. In the final moments of the season, we saw dark clouds entering Hawkins and those dark clouds were coming straight from the Upside Down. It looks like Vecna is still alive and is now returning stronger than ever.

‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Volume 1 & 2 are currently streaming on Netflix.

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