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'Stranger Things 4' breaks Netflix records

'Stranger Things 4' breaks Netflix records



Netflix just released the first 8 chilling minutes of 'Stranger Things'ReplayMore Videos ... (15 Videos)Netflix just released the first 8 chilling minutes of 'Stranger Things'This ventriloquist surprised the judges on 'America's Got Talent'Harry Styles makes $300 music video with James CordenTom Cruise terrifies James Corden with wild plane ride'American Idol' winner says he wants to 'stay in the house for a bit'Watch 'SNL' favorites say goodbyeWatch Tatiana Maslany transform into She-HulkSelena Gomez looks for love on 'SNL'Watch: New 'Avatar: Way of Water' trailer just dropped'SNL': Benedict Cumberbatch celebrates mothersWatch: New footage from the 'Game of Thrones' prequel 'House of the Dragon'Whoopi Goldberg goes off on anti-abortion advocatesLate night hosts compare SCOTUS draft opinion to dystopian seriesSee James Codren's emotional announcement that he's leaving 'The Late Late show'Ed Sheeran releases music video filmed in UkraineNew York (CNN Business)Netflix's world may be upside-down, but "Stranger Things" is still super popular.

The latest season of the science-fiction horror series debuted this weekend to record numbers, becoming Netflix's biggest debut ever for an English-language TV show.Netflix said that "Stranger Things 4 — Volume 1" clocked in at 286.7 million hours viewed. That surpassed the second season of "Bridgerton," which brought in 193 million hours viewed in March.Netflix (NFLX) added that the debut was the first season to reach No. 1 in 83 countries, setting another record. "Stranger Things 4" also reached the top 10 in all 93 countries that the company tracks.This is welcome news for Netflix, which is having a terrible year. The company reported in April that it lost subscribers for the first time in more than a decade. The news shocked Wall Street and sent shares plummeting. It also caused investors to doubt the future of Netflix as well as the entire streaming marketplace.Read MoreNetflix's world has been turned upside down as stock plunges 35%The "Stranger Things" series, which follows a group of kids and adults that battle the forces of a parallel universe, is by far Netflix's biggest franchise. Fans have been clamoring for more after the show has been away for roughly three years.Netflix announced in February that the current season of the series will debut in two parts this summer. The first part premiered on May 27 and the second hits July 1. The company also said that the show will conclude with season 5.Since its come out of nowhere debut in 2016, "Stranger Things" has helped carry Netflix to where it is today. It is a cultural sensation that has extended to video games, theme park attractions, fast food items and merchandising.The show's creators and producers, brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, said that "Stranger Things 4" is the "most challenging season yet, but also the most rewarding one."


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