Netflix series ‘Stranger Things 4’ breaks Nielsen streaming record
WASHINGTON: An additional entry for Stranger Things , which is not surprising among others that were previously broken at the start of its fourth season. But the Netflix series has now passed a significant milestone and broken a Nielsen streaming record. According to Nielsen, Stranger Things was watched for 7.2 billion minutes during the week of May 30 through June 5, the largest weekly total for any streaming program since the weekly rankings were introduced nearly two years ago, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Additionally, it has the highest two-week total of any streaming program. “Stranger Things” Season 4 garnered 5.14 billion minutes of viewership in the week of May 23-29, for a two-week total of 12.34 billion minutes. No streaming show measured by Nielsen has ever surpassed 6 billion minutes in a single week, much less 7 billion.
Before “Stranger Things,” Tiger King (twice) and Ozark surpassed 5 billion minutes during pandemic lockdowns in the spring of 2020. Nielsen includes all seasons of a show when calculating its streaming rankings, although the seven episodes of season four, which debuted on May 27, accounted for the bulk of the 7.2 billion minutes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. More than 75 percent of the show’s 5.14 billion minutes during the week of May 23-29 came from Season 4, according to the ratings service.