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The biggest Netflix TV shows in the world right now

Published Jun 7th, 2022 7:24PM EDT
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It should come as no surprise to anyone that the Netflix series Stranger Things — not just the newly released Season 4, Part 1, but each of the show’s previous seasons, as well — is utterly dominating the streamer’s weekly ranking of the top series around the world.

From May 30-June 5, Netflix’s latest data shows that subscribers watched a staggering 335 million hours of Stranger Things Season 4, which debuted on the service just a few days ago (on May 27). Indeed, the title has become perhaps the most breakout, service-defining hit for Netflix, with the newest batch of episodes garnering an unsurprisingly strong 91 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes (91 percent, that is, from both critics and audiences).

The most-watched Netflix shows worldwide this week

We know that 335 million number for Stranger Things, by the way, because Netflix disclosed it on Tuesday as part of its once-a-week release of the top movies and TV shows on the service. The chart data from Netflix always encompasses four lists, covering movies and TV shows in both English and non-English languages.

From one week to the next, it’s a fascinating glimpse at which Netflix series and movies are really hot on the service at any given moment around the world. From the latest data, for example, we learn tidbits like the following: The just-released Stranger Things Season 4, Part 1? It’s, in fact, the #3 most-watched season of English-language Netflix original TV ever (behind only Season 1-2 of Bridgerton, in the #1 and #2 spots).

Netflix Top 10 showsImage source: Netflix

Top 10 English and Non-English Netflix series

Below, meanwhile, we’ve included two sets of lists that come from Netflix’s latest weekly data release.

First up, let’s look at the titles and hours viewed for the Top 10 English-language shows on Netflix (for the 7-day period that ended on June 5).

  1. Stranger Things 4 — 335 million hours viewed
  2. Season 1 of Stranger Things — 75 million hours viewed
  3. Stranger Things 2 — 58.2 million hours viewed
  4. Stranger Things 3 — 47.4 million hours viewed
  5. The Lincoln Lawyer: Season 1 — 42.5 million hours viewed
  6. All American: Season 4 — 30.6 million hours viewed
  7. Ozark: Season 4 — 16.7 million hours viewed
  8. The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib — 10.5 million hours viewed
  9. Bridgerton: Season 2 — 9.9 million hours viewed
  10. The Blacklist: Season 8 — 8.7 million hours viewed

Now, the Top 10 non-English shows for the same 7-day period. The titles here are often some of Netflix’s biggest properties globally, especially when it comes to Spanish-language and Korean content, notwithstanding the absence of a non-English Stranger Things or its equivalent this week:

  1. Wrong Side of the Tracks: Season 1 — 37.1 million hours viewed
  2. Who Killed Sara? Season 3 — 15.5 million hours viewed
  3. My Liberation Notes: Season 1 — 14.2 million hours viewed
  4. Our Blues: Season 1 — 12.9 million hours viewed
  5. The Perfect Mother: Season 1 — 12 million hours viewed
  6. The Marked Heart: Season 1 — 9.8 million hours viewed
  7. Yo soy Betty, la fea: Season 1 — 9.4 million hours viewed
  8. Welcome to Eden: Season 1 — 9 million hours viewed
  9. SHAMAN KING: Season 1 — 8.7 million hours viewed
  10. Business Proposal: Season 1 — 8.2 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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