‘Stranger Things 4’ fails to break ‘Squid Game’ record as Netflix’s most popular TV season ever

Now that it’s been 28 days since the premiere of “Stranger Things” Season 4, Volume 2, it’s official: the season didn’t break “Squid Game”‘s record to become Netflix’s most-watched TV season ever.

The streamer calculates this statistic based on watch hours during the first 28 days of a title’s availability. In the case of the segmented release of “Stranger Things” Season 4, viewings of Volume 1 28 days after it first aired were combined with viewings of Volume 2 28 days later — meaning viewing Volume 1 during the appropriate window of Volume 2 did not contribute to 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 ended its run with 1.4 billion hours watched, compared to “Squid Game” which had 1.7 billion. Important to note is the running time of both seasons: “Squid Game” runs about 8 hours in total, while “Stranger Things” season 4 is about 13 hours, but the 5-hour advantage of the Duffer brothers’ sci-fi hit it still wasn’t enough to match Hwang Dong-hyuk’s South Korean drama.

With 57.7 million hours watched, “Stranger Things” Season 4 ranked second in Netflix’s Top 10 during the July 25-31 viewing window, beating “Virgin River” Season 4 for the second week in a row , which was watched by 87.9 million hours in its first full week of availability. This was also the first week since the debut of “Stranger Things” Season 4 Volume 1 that did not include all of the show’s previous seasons 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,” starring Melissa Barrera as Liv, a New York lawyer who is the sole survivor after her private plane crashes on the remote Canadian border, leaving her to fight both in an unforgiving desert 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 made its Top 10 debut 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-proclaimed “King of Revenge Porn”, after nude photos of her daughter were posted online.

“Resident Evil” remains in the Top 10 this week, coming in at No. 5 with 27.5 million hours watched. Manifest” also continues to chart after a recent resurgence, with Season 1 taking the No. 4 spot (39.8 million) and Season 2 taking the No. 7 spot (24.2 million). Season 3 rebounded this week at No. 9 with 20.6 million hours.

Check out Netflix’s top 10 lists for the week of July 25-31 below, starting with English-language series, followed by non-English-language TV shows, English-language movies, and then non-English-language movies.

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