Another record for Stranger Things isn’t too surprising given the others he previously broke early in his fourth season. But the Netflix series has now passed a significant milestone and smashed the Nielsen streaming record. According to Nielsen, Stranger Things amassed 7.2 billion minutes of viewing time in the week of May 30-June 5, the largest weekly total for a streaming program since the weekly rankings began nearly two years ago, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Additionally, it has the highest two-week total of any streaming program. Stranger Things Season 4 garnered 5.14 billion viewer minutes for the week of May 23–29, for a two-week total of 12.34 billion minutes. No streaming show had clocked in at 6 billion minutes in a single week, let alone 7 billion, as measured by Nielsen.
Before Stranger Things, only Tiger King (twice) and Ozark had surpassed 5 billion minutes during the spring of 2020 during the pandemic lockdowns. Nielsen includes all seasons of a show when calculating its streaming rankings, though it’s likely that the seven episodes of season four, which debuted May 27, accounted for the bulk of the 7.2 billion minutes, according to The Hollywood Reporter . More than 75 percent of the show’s 5.14 billion minutes for the week of May 23–29 were from season four, according to the ratings service.