According to Nielsen Streaming Record, the fourth season of Stranger Things broke records minutes after the show was released. However, the numbers are not enough to beat Squid Game. The sci-fi horror series garnered 1.4 billion hours of viewership, while the horror survival show racked up 1.7 billion hours.
Squid Game is a Korean drama that follows hundreds of poverty-stricken contestants invited to participate in a strange game for children. The mechanics are to pass and survive each deadly stage, while contestants who fail the game will be eliminated through gunshot. In its first 28 days, the series gained 1.65 billion hours of views.
Stranger Things, on the other hand, received a total of 1.15 billion hours in its first 28 days. The second part of the fourth season garnered a whopping amount of views, crashing Netflix’s servers.
What’s Next For Squid Game And Stranger Things?
The sequel to the Squid Game series has been announced, and its era is just beginning. The creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk said (via CBR):
“But, I will say there will indeed be a second season. It’s in my head right now. I’m in the planning process currently. But I do think it’s too early to say when and how that’s going to happen.”
There will also be a fifth season for Stranger Things, and actor David Harbour teased that the show might come sooner (via CBR).
“I think we’ll [shoot] next year. They’re finishing writing it this year, and they need to prep and stuff, so hopefully, it’ll be this year. It’d probably come out mid-2024, based on our track record.”
Both Squid Game and all seasons of Stranger Things can be streamed online via Netflix.