Stranger Things 3 has officially broken the record for the most streams in the first four weeks for any Netflix Original.
The third season of the cult-fave show knocked The Umbrella Academy off the top spot with 64 million views in the first month, compared to 45 million for UA.
Netflix is no stranger to record breaking, with a number of Originals including Secret Obsession and Murder Mystery racking up tens of millions of views in their first month on the platform.
For context, Netflix counts a “view” every time a subscriber watches at least 70% of an episode or a movie, which sounds pretty impressive considering how many times I turn off a program after like 20 minutes because I’m bored. However, a “viewer” only has to watch 70% of one singular episode to count towards the overall tally, so 64 million people watched at least one episode of Stranger Things 3.
Regardless of potential inflation, Stranger Things has millions of fans across the globe that are completely obsessed with the spooky 80s vibes. And according to the statistics, this officially makes Stranger Things 3 the most-viewed season to date.
Netflix announced the news on the See What’s Next twitter account on October 17.
— Queue (@netflixqueue) October 16, 2019
The announcement comes after Nielsen claimed that season 3 saw a viewing increase of 21% from season 2 in the first four days of release.
We’re already getting teasers of Stranger Things 4, so it’s completely unsurprising that season 3 did so well.
According to the show’s writers, the next season will draw inspiration from a number of late 80s and 90s films such as Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey and You’ve Got Mail. With 90s films inspiring the writers, it wouldn’t be surprising if we saw Eleven and the gang entering adolescence in the final decade of the 20th century.
Judging by the hints we’ve been given about Season 4, I have a feeling the newest Stranger Things season will break the record once again