The Netflix king is dead - long live the Netflix king! After a three-year hiatus, it was to be expected that the fourth season of the mystery series "Stranger Things" would generate enormous interest. The figures now published by Netflix for the past week prove this more than impressively. The new episodes about the terrifying events in and around the fictional small town of Hawkins were streamed for an impressive 287 million hours in their debut week - a staggering new record.
Stranger Things season four only released on Friday - meaning that number was reached in just three days. For comparison: The previous top holder in this period, the second season of the surprise hit "Bridgerton", started with just 193 million hours - almost 100 million less.
Overall "Squid Game" is ahead
The South Korean mega-success "Squid Game", on the other hand, had relatively low numbers in its opening week. The hype about the unusual series only broke out afterwards, but all the more violently. In the third week alone, "Squid Game" was watched for 572 million hours, the drama series holds the current record with 1.65 billion viewing hours within the first 28 days.
The second season of "Bridgerton" ranks second in this overall statistic, followed by the first. The fourth installment of "Stranger Things" is likely to pass at least these two places, which would make it the most successful English-language Netflix series in the overall ranking.