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Stranger Things Season 4 Surges Past 1 Billion Viewed Hours at Netflix

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Stranger Things 4 has already been breaking records for Netflix, and it has passed another huge milestone for the streamer by becoming only the second title ever to have over 1 billion hours viewed. With the fourth season of the hit sci-fi horror fantasy show already having pulled in massive audiences, the arrival of the season finale on July 1 has seen numbers once again soaring, and season 4 has now racked up 1.15 billion hours of viewing time across the nine episodes.

This achievement is significant in that it makes Stranger Things the most viewed show of all time on Netflix in the English language, with only the South Korean monster Squid Game above it. Of course, Squid Game was dubbed into English but was released in its native language with subtitles, and the series had over 1.65 billion hours viewed in its first 28 days on the platform. With volumes only counted for those first four weeks, that means that Stranger Things

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could potentially aim to dethrone Squid Game as the biggest ever title thanks to its newest episodes. With season 5 set to be the last of the series, Stranger Things has already secured its place as one of the biggest shows of all time, and that is something that will only grow in future with spin-offs already being planned.

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Since the arrival of Stranger Things 4 at the end of May the series has logged an incredible viewership, and the arrival of its finale has only helped that, with over 300 million hours watched between June 27 and Jul 3. While Stranger Things briefly dropped from Netflix’s top spot thanks to the premiere of The Umbrella Academy’s third season, it returned very quickly to the No.1 position.

Both series have seen a huge rise in viewership of the previous seasons, meaning the Netflix Chart has recently been dominated by the two series. To put it into context, the only entries in the chart for the week of June 27 to July 3 are the Rowan Atkinson comedy Man Vs Bee, which pulled in 25.4 million hours, the sixth season of Peaky Blinders and reality show Snowflake Mountain. While Man Vs Bee had just enough to pass Stranger Things season 2 in the chart, nothing else was able to make any real impact in comparison to Netflix’s biggest IPs of the moment.

The Duffer Brothers have teased that they are ready to start scripting the fifth season of Stranger Things, and star David Harbour has speculated that he expects filming on the new season will start next year. With all of that in mind, along with the fact that the Duffers expect season 5 to be a lot shorter than the mammoth 13 hours the season 4 clocked in at, all fans are hoping to see the conclusion of the Stranger Things story in 2024. However, the Duffers have also pointed out that they did not expect season 4 to be as long as it turned out, so it might be worth setting the expectation of a late 2024 arrival at the earliest.

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