Given the various records the Netflix series has already broken at the beginning of its fourth season, breaking one more is not all that shocking, but the show has now achieved a big milestone.
According to Nielsen, Stranger Things racked over 7.2 billion minutes of viewing time for the week of May 30-June 5 – the biggest weekly total for any streaming program since weekly rankings were introduced almost two years ago. Additionally, it has the highest two-week total of any streaming program: Season four of Stranger Things got 5.14 billion minutes of viewership for the week of May 23–29, for a two-week total of 12.34 billion minutes.
No streaming program had ever before, as assessed by Nielsen, clocked 6 billion minutes in a single week, much less 7 billion. Only Tiger King (twice) and Ozark in the spring of 2020—during pandemic lockdowns—had topped 5 billion minutes prior to Stranger Things.
Nielsen includes all seasons of a show when calculating its streaming rankings, although it’s probable that the seven episodes of season four that debuted on May 27 accounted for the great bulk of the 7.2 billion minutes. More than 75% of the 5.14 billion minutes of the show during the week of May 23–29, according to the rating agency, were from Stranger Things Season 4.
According to Netflix’s internal measurements, Stranger Things has also overtaken other English-language shows in terms of viewership. Over the first 28 days of season four, the streamer claims that its users viewed more than 930 million hours of content globally.