The arrival of the sixth and final season of Peaky Blinders on Netflix has been much anticipated. But when it comes to its placement in the streamer’s global Top 10, the show only found itself in the fifth position.
Netflix is publishing a weekly list detailing its most popular TV shows. (opens in new tab) over a seven-day period since November 2021. The list ranks titles based on weekly hours viewed – that is, the total number of hours subscribers globally watched each title between Monday and Sunday of the previous week, with Netflix sharing four separate lists; two for movies (English and non-English) and two for TV shows (English and non-English).
Netflix considers each season of a given series to be separate entities, so occasionally you can see two seasons of Netflix’s best shows in the same week This is exactly what happened here, except it’s not two seasons of the same show – it’s four. and that show is, unsurprisingly, Stranger Things.
The first part of the fourth season of the Duffer brothers’ monstrous sci-fi extravaganza is – as you might expect – at number one with 781.04 million hours watched in 17 days. It is now Netflix’s most-watched English-language TV series on Netflix’s all-time list, which measures viewership during the first 28 days of a season on the platform.
The previous holder of the crown was Bridgerton’s second season, which clocked in 656 million hours over a similar period, while the regency drama’s first season amassed 625 million. The only thing keeping the show from taking the top spot on any show is Squid Game, which scored 1.65 billion hours viewed in its first 28 days. Even on Stranger Things’ current trajectory, it’s unlikely to get over that.
The success of the show’s fourth season also boosted the Stranger Things catalog up the charts as well, with the show’s second season at number two on Netflix’s Weekly Top 10, its debut season at number three, and its third season at number four. Then, and only then, comes the final chapter of Peaky Blinders.
These numbers are insane
They certainly are, and in many cases, Peaky Blinders’ reach of 45.7 million viewing hours would put it in second place, or even first in quieter weeks.
Likewise, Netflix’s new documentary series Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey peaked at number six but still managed over 31 million viewing hours, while new teen vampire drama First Kill dropped at number seven, with over 30 million hours of viewing on its own. right.
Netflix execs must be wishing every week could be like this, but they’ll also be delighted at the prospect of more Stranger Things, with the final two episodes of the show’s fourth season arriving on July 1. the creation of the Duffer brothers may have all of the top five to themselves.
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