How Many More Hours ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Needs To Break Squid Game’s Netflix Record


For a long time, it seemed like nothing would ever come close to breaking Squid Game’s viewership record on Netflix, where the global phenomenon racked up 1.65 billion hours of viewing in its first 28 days of release.

Now a challenger has emerged, Season 4 of Stranger Things, which now has a few more weeks to catch up with Squid Games. And he’s getting at least a little closer, and could end the month neck and neck, if he doesn’t beat him outright. It kind of depends on how many people choose to watch the last two final episodes multiple times.

Netflix has revealed that as of July 5, Stranger Things’ 28-day total is now 1.15 billion hours.

This includes both the 900+ million of the first seven episodes of Season 4 Part 1 earned in their first 28 days, and then the first few days of Season 4 Part 2 viewing the final episodes. Watching Part 1 no longer counts from here.

So, at that point, Stranger Things Part 2 has 23 more days to get exactly 500 million more watch hours to catch Squid Game’s total. It’s a tall order considering it’s only two episodes long, but Stranger Things fans can be pretty passionate, and I know a lot of them are likely to watch these final two episodes. , including the 2.5 hour finale, a few times. And that’s the other part of that, that even though it’s only two episodes, it’s 4 hours, whereas the first seven were 9 hours. By comparison, the Squid Game season is only 8.2 hours long, so technically Stranger Things has a pretty big advantage, with Season 4 being 13 hours. Still, he can’t beat it.

But what’s clear is that if Stranger Things season 4 doesn’t beat Squid Game, season 5 certainly could, given the hype generated by last season, which is arguably the best in the game. series. Stranger Things is in a rare Game of Thrones-style situation where viewership increases year after year, and that seems to hold true for season 5. Squid Game is of course getting a second season as well, but I’d be a little surprised if he passed first and twice became at the same level of phenomenon. It’s possible, but Stranger Things seems guaranteed to pass those numbers for season 5, while I’m not sure Squid Game season 2 will.

It also shows how much Netflix is ​​going to miss Stranger Things when it’s over, which is why they’re letting the Duffer Brothers invent a spin-off and giving them free rein on a bunch of other streaming service projects. forward. Will they ever be such a big hit again? We will have to see.

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