After four weeks of reigning on Netflix’s TV charts, Stranger Things has finally been dethroned by another of the streamer’s big hitters.
The massively successful Netflix series, whose fourth season was initially released on May 27, has spent the past month dominating the streaming giant’s domestic TV charts. And given its popularity, Stranger Things’ dominance List of the 10 best Netflix TV shows (opens in new tab) it will not have been a shock to anyone.
Now, though, there’s a new kid on the block – and he’s fought for the Stranger Things crown, if only for a brief period of time. The Umbrella Academy, another great Netflix original series, returned for its third season on June 22nd, and it didn’t take long for the superhero series to knock Stranger Things 4 off the Netflix TV series rankings.
According to the latest data compiled by Netflix’s in-house analytics team, The Umbrella Academy season 3 racked up a total of 124.53 million hours viewed in the week of June 20-26. Netflix’s Top 10 English TV Shows list and relegates Stranger Things 4 to second place.
The latest entry of Stranger Things still held up against the new season of The Umbrella Academy – the show developed by the Duffer brothers accumulating 76.9 million hours watched in the same seven-day period. For the first time since the release of volume 1 of season 4, however, these ratings were not enough to continue reigning over other TV shows such as The Lincoln Lawyer and Peaky Blinders season 6.
Don’t expect The Umbrella Academy to dominate the Netflix charts for several weeks. Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2 hits the streamer on Friday, July 1. Volume 2 only contains the final two episodes of the show’s final season, but it’s sure to be another big hit among Netflix subscribers.
Volume 1 has proven to be immensely popular – its viewership numbers are proof of that. And, with the latest two entries billed as the darkest, most thrilling, action-packed and highly emotional episodes of the entire series, season four volume 2 is set to catapult Stranger Things back to the top of the Netflix TV charts.
Of course, The Umbrella Academy season 3 will do its best in the never-ending battle for first place. But with July 2022 looking like a slim month for new Netflix TV show releases, Stranger Things will likely dominate the rankings for a few more weeks when volume 2 of season four arrives.
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Analysis: Where Will Netflix’s Next Biggest Hit Come From?
As we mentioned, July isn’t exactly loaded with new shows or the return of fan-favorite TV series. Okay, Stranger Things season 4 volume 2 officially arrives on the first of July, but beyond that date, there’s little to get excited about.
While several compelling new Netflix movies are on the way, such as The Gray Man and Beast of the Sea, its TV offerings are remarkably small in comparison. Aside from some intriguing documentary series, Netflix’s best bets for a big TV hit this July are Boo, Bitch, starring Lana Condor, as well as its live-action version of Capcom’s iconic Resident Evil video game series. Not exactly an exciting lineup, is it?
So what will be Netflix’s next big TV hit? Right now, it looks like Netflix’s live-action adaptation of The Sandman, Neil Gaiman’s legendary graphic novel series, is the prime contender. Anticipation levels are high for the TV show’s arrival, though it won’t hit the streaming service until Friday, August 5th.
Unless Resident Evil or Boo, Bitch become unexpected overnight hits for Netflix, or one of the streamer’s upcoming documentaries takes off, it looks like Stranger Things 4’s dominance on the company’s TV charts will continue for some time to come.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing – Netflix won’t be too worried about its other content struggling to succeed if Stranger Things continues to deliver huge numbers of views. But given the problems Netflix faced in 2022, it still needs to keep releasing exciting new movies and shows to maintain its global subscriber base of 222 million. If the likes of Resident Evil and The Sandman fail to attract audiences, it could be a rough summer for the streamer.