Recorded 286 million hours streamed over the weekend: the biggest premiere ever for an English-language show on Netflix.
NEW YORK – For millions of fans of Netflix’s sci-fi series “Stranger Things,” there’s a bit of a mystery as to how they spent Memorial Day weekend.
Netflix released seven new episodes of the show’s much-awaited fourth season and says a record 286 million hours were streamed over the weekend. It was the biggest premiere ever for an English-speaking show on the service, beating 193 hours for the second season of “Bridgerton” earlier this year.
That’s good news for Netflix, where financial troubles have kept business reporters busy this year.
The fourth season of “Stranger Things” is being released in two seasons, with two more episodes scheduled for July before the show wraps up with a fifth season.
With its long and well-produced episodes, critic Daniel D’Addario writes for Variety, the new season feels like a throwback to Netflix’s glory days – and that’s not necessarily a good thing.
“The show has high ambitions and fulfills them – but to do so sacrifices charm and humanity on the altar of expensive look and feel,” he wrote.
Others found the new episodes thrilling. The fourth of the seven episodes just made available is “one of the best seventeen-minute hours of television I’ve seen in a long time,” cultist Erik Kain writes for Forbes.
“Stranger Things” and the strong showing this past weekend of new episodes of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” on Disney+ show that the two major broadcasters are effective at building series that attract fans. raving but also attracting new users, said Cole Strain, vice president of measurement products at research firm Samba TV.
Unlike broadcast and cable TV, live streamers don’t give estimates of how many people are actually watching shows.
Meanwhile, on last week’s broadcast, NBC hit nearly 6.4 million viewers for the “This Is Us” series finale, with numbers expected to grow due to delayed viewing. they eat.
CBS led the week in prime time, averaging 3.9 million viewers last week. ABC has 2.9 million, NBC has 2.86 million, Fox has 2.3 million, Univision has 1.3 million, Ion Television has 890,000 and Telemundo has 810,000.
ESPN leads the cable networks, averaging 3.4 million viewers last week. Fox News has 2.17 million, TNT has 2.14 million, MSNBC has 992,000 and HGTV has 911,000.
ABC’s “World News Tonight” won the evening news ratings race with an average of 7.4 million viewers. NBC’s “Nighttime News” had 6.3 million and “CBS Evening News” had 4.6 million.
For the week of May 23-29, the 20 most watched shows, their networks and viewership:
- NBA Playoffs: Boston at Miami (Sunday), ESPN, 9.88 million.
- “NCIS”, CBS, $7.47 million.
- NBA Playoffs: Miami at Boston (Friday), ESPN, 7.19 million.
- “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 7.03 million.
- NBA Playoffs: Dallas at Golden State (Thursday), Turner, 6.79 million.
- “Chicago Med,” NBC, 6.43 million.
- NBA Playoffs: Boston at Miami (Wednesday), ESPN, 6.42 million.
- NBA Playoffs: Miami at Boston (Monday), ABC, 6.41 million.
- “This is us,” NBC, 6.38 million.
- NBA Playoffs: Golden State in Dallas (Tuesday), Turner, 6,194 million.
- “FBI”, CBS, 6.191 million.
- “Chicago PD”, NBC, 5.98 million.
- “The Neighborhood,” CBS, 5.91 million.
- “Bob Hearts Abishola,” CBS, 5.7 million.
- “NCIS: Hawai’i,” CBS, 5.47 million.
- “FBI: International,” CBS, 5.32 million.
- “60 Minutes,” CBS, 5.31 million.
- Special Report: Biden in Texas, CBS, 5.26 million.
- “Survivor”, CBS, 5.11 million.
- “FBI: Most Wanted,” CBS, 4.77 million.
https://www.fox43.com/article/news/nation-world/stranger-things-breaks-premiere-record/507-2e60588e-c4c1-4416-b79f-9854eb487d4f ‘Stranger Things’ breaks a record for premiere on Netflix