The second season of Netflix's hit 1980s-based sci-fi show Stranger Things debuted this past weekend, and it seemed downright inescapable. Now we've got the numbers to prove it.
Nielsen recently released a report stating that 15.8 million viewers watched the first episode of Stranger Things Season 2 within the first 72 hours. So no, you weren't the only one who spent the weekend with the show. The report also shows that at least 4.6 million viewers made it all the way through season finale, Episode 9, over the weekend. Congrats on a successful binge!
Historically, Netflix has kept quiet about just how many people are watching their shows. But Nielsen has been measuring ratings for decades and now has a service that they say can provide the same measurement for streaming services. That means we can actually get some sort of indication of how streaming shows perform in relation to broadcast and cable shows.
With the increasing number of channels and outlets for content, 15.8 million is a huge feat for Netflix. For comparison, CBS's The Big Bang Theory is one of the highest-rated network TV shows, and brought in about 13.6 million live viewers one week in October. So yeah, these are huge numbers for Netflix.
After the first episode of Stranger Things, the number of viewers steadily declined, but Episodes 2 through 4 all maintained over 10 million viewers each. So while the Upside Down might've seemed pretty sparse, you actually had millions of friends right there with you.
(via Entertainment Weekly)