After a long wait it finally happened Stranger things 4 part 1 on Netflix released. The flagship series of the streaming service immediately hit the premiere weekend with full force and broke viewership records.
#1 in 83 countries
After a lengthy hiatus, fans have finally been rewarded with the first installment of Season 4, Stranger Things. The waiting time was probably really exhausting, because the Viewership at the premiere weekend exploded downright. The new season started on May 25th and included 286.79 million viewing hours the biggest premiere weekend ever for a Netflix original series. She also surpassed that Bridgerton Season 2which reached just 193 million on its own launch weekend.
Additionally, it is also the first season of Stranger Things that 1st place in 83 countries achieved and thus set another record for the opening weekend. The series reached the top 10 in all 93 countries that Netflix tracks in its statistics.
Old squadrons back in the top 10
Simultaneously the number of viewers in the older seasons also increased of the coming-of-age drama, because apparently many fans wanted to recap what happened to Eleven and her friends so far. During the week of May 23-29 the Global Netflix Top 10 of the English-language series, Stranger Things 4 Part 1 made it to #1, #3 to Season 1, #4 to Season 3, and #5 to Season 2.
In Germany, however, things are a bit different. First place also went to the first half of the fourth season. In the German top 10 only made it through the first and second seasons of Stranger Things, finishing 4th and 10th respectively.
Stranger Things 4 Part 1 makes old songs popular again
But these are not the only records that the series has set with its new season. The music from season 4 also triggered a real rush for certain songs. Max Mayfield’s favorite song “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush from the soundtrack of “Stranger Things 4” shot up #1 on iTunes – 37 years after its original release.
Spotify saw a more than 8,700 percent increase in global streams of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)” on Monday, May 30. In the US, the number of streams for the same song on Spotify increased by more than 9,900 percent. Overall, Kate Bush’s catalog has seen a more than 1,600 percent increase in worldwide streams since the new season premiered.
Also the song “Pass the Dutchie” by Musical Youth garnered more attention and a more than 1,030 percent increase in global streams.