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Take a wild guess which Netflix show is the biggest in the world this week

Published Jul 5th, 2022 6:26PM EDT
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No surprise, the release of the final two episodes of Stranger Things’ fourth and penultimate season on Netflix has proven a wild success. On Tuesday, July 5, the streamer quantified that success, in the form of the latest global Netflix Top 10 list — revealing the biggest shows and movies on the platform worldwide for the 7-day period that ended on July 3.

Here’s the big number that jumps out at you on this week’s list: 301.2 million. That’s the staggering number of hours that Netflix subscribers globally spent on bingeing Stranger Things 4, which is also the most popular English-language TV show ever on Netflix.

The latter is based on viewership over the season’s first 28 days of availability on the streamer. Stranger Things 4, in fact, garnered almost 1.2 billion hours of viewership in its first 28 days of availability on Netflix.

Stranger Things 4 — 301.2 million hours viewed this week

Those numbers are all the more impressive, especially when you consider that Season 4 is actually the lowest-rated out of the four on Rotten Tomatoes. Not that any of them have been exactly skewered on the review aggregation site, mind you. The critics’ aggregate scores, however, drop in sequence from Seasons 1-4 thus: 97 percent, 94 percent, 89 percent, and then 89 percent again (as of the time of this writing).

But what’s all the more striking about this week’s Netflix Top 10 list? As we said, Stranger Things 4 was #1, and it wasn’t even close. The #2 show this week? That would be The Umbrella Academy: Season 3. At 87.9 million hours watched, though, it didn’t even pull in half of the viewership of Stranger Things 4.

Netflix Top 10 shows worldwide

If I had to guess, I suspect Stranger Things 4 will remain the #1 show on Netflix worldwide for at least … two more weeks, let’s say. Probably more.

For more indication of just how big this show is for the streamer, meanwhile, consider that this week the three earlier seasons of Stranger Things also occupy spots #3, #5, and #6 on the latest Netflix Top 10 list.

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Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield in Netflix’s “Stranger Things 4.” Image source: Netflix

Unfortunately, to the consternation of fans who love the show so much, it could be as long as two years before Stranger Things 5 debuts on Netflix. That’s partly a function of the fact that the show’s writing staff won’t actually get down to the business of writing the next season until August.

For now, here’s the latest snapshot from Netflix of the biggest shows on the streamer worldwide right now. The Netflix Top 10 (English-language) series from June 27-July 3 are below.

  1. Stranger Things 4 — 301.2 million hours viewed
  2. The Umbrella Academy: Season 3 — 87.9 million hours viewed
  3. First season of Stranger Things — 34.4 million hours viewed
  4. The Umbrella Academy: Season 1 — 32.8 million hours viewed
  5. Third season of Stranger Things — 30.2 million hours viewed
  6. Second season of Stranger Things — 30.2 million hours viewed
  7. Man vs. Bee: Season 1 — 25.4 million hours viewed
  8. The Umbrella Academy: Season 2 — 20.3 million hours viewed
  9. Peaky Blinders: Season 6 — 18.4 million hours viewed
  10. Snowflake Mountain: 15 million hours viewed

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Andy Meek Trending News Editor

Andy Meek is a reporter based in Memphis who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming.

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