Now that 28 days have passed since the premiere of “Stranger Things” season 4, volume 2, it’s official: the season did not break the record of “Squid Game” to become Netflix’s most popular TV season ever.
The streamer calculates this statistic based on hours watched during a title’s first 28 days of availability. In the case of the segmented release of “Stranger Things” Season 4, Volume 1’s ratings during the 28 days after its debut were combined with Volume 2’s ratings after 28 days — meaning that Volume 1’s ratings during Volume 2’s eligible window did not contribute towards the final tally. (Volume 1 consists of seven episodes that debuted on May 27, while Volume 2 consists of two episodes that debuted on July 1.)
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Ultimately, “Stranger Things” Season 4 finished with 1.4 billion hours watched, compared to “Squid Game’s” 1.7 billion. Important to note is the running time of both seasons: “Squid Game” is about 8 hours long in total, while “Stranger Things” season 4 is about 13 hours long, but the 5-hour advantage of the Duffer brothers’ sci-fi hit was still not enough to match Hwang Dong-hyuk’s South Korean drama.
With 57.7 million hours watched, “Stranger Things” Season 4 took second place on the Netflix Top 10 in the 25-31 viewing window. July, beaten for the second week in a row by “Virgin River” Season 4, which was watched for 87.9 million hours in its first full week of availability. It was also the first week since the debut of “Stranger Things” Season 4 Volume 1 that did not include all previous seasons of the show in the top 10: In eighth place was Season 3 with 21.4 million hours, and in 10th place was Season 2 with 20.2 million hours, but season 1 didn’t make the cut.
In third place after four days of availability was “Keep Breathing,” which stars Melissa Barrera as Liv, a New York lawyer who is the sole survivor after her private plane crashes in the remote Canadian border, leaving her battling both an unforgiving wilderness and past personal demons to stay alive. The limited series, which premiered on July 28, was watched for 48.1 million hours. The limited series “The Most Hated Man on the Internet” also debuted in the Top 10 this week, coming in sixth with 24.7 million hours watched after five days of availability. The documentary project tells the story of a mother’s mission against Hunter Moore, the self-styled ‘King of Revenge Porn’, after nude photos of her daughter are posted online.
“Resident Evil” remains in the top 10 this week, ranking No. 5 with 27.5 million hours watched. Manifest” also continues to chart after a recent resurgence, with Season 1 taking No. 4 (39.8 million) and Season 2 at No. 7 (24.2 million). Season 3 made its re-entry this week at No. 9 with 20.6 million hours.
See Netflix’s top 10 lists for the week of 25-31. July below, beginning with English-language series and followed by non-English-language TV series, English-language movies, and then non-English-language movies.
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