STRANGER THINGS has always remained on Netflix’s top spot, watched by millions of fans around the world. However, a new limited series has just stolen the crown.
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Netflix has remained the most popular streaming platform for the last decade. Sci-fi series Stranger Things has always been the service’s most watched series, but the recent release of documentary series Tiger King has just shaken up the rankings.The new documentary series has become a worldwide sensation, attracting millions of viewers to the strange rivalry of Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin.
Meanwhile, each of Stranger Things’ three seasons have been wildly popular, drawing in millions of streamers from pools of sci-fi fans and 80s nostalgics.
During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, countries have been introducing lockdowns and self-isolation measures to help stop the spread of the virus.
With many people left at home, millions have been tuning in to new streaming series as a way to stay occupied.
In the first ten days of Tiger King’s release, Nielsen ratings confirmed the limited documentary series drew 34.3 million unique viewers.
Although the bizarre true story of G.W. Zoo’s celebrity exotic animal trader, Joe Exotic, would have attracted curious viewers under normal circumstances, it has been speculated the worldwide quarantine has boosted the series’ numbers significantly.
These figures managed to surpass that of the second season of Stranger Things, which drew 31.2 million unique viewers in the first ten days.
Despite Stranger Things 2 attracting less-than-stellar reviews compared to the first and third seasons, it was still a huge hit for streaming giant Netflix.
While Tiger King surpassed the numbers for the 80s extravaganza’s second season, it still hasn’t hit the top spot.
Stranger Things season three remained unmatched by Tiger King, having drawn 36.3 million unique viewers in its first 10 days.
Additionally, Tiger King pulled in 2.4 million U.S. TV viewers, which only increased as the release date coincided with stay-at-home orders from world leaders.
The fourth season of Stranger Things was set to begin production at the beginning of 2020, but lockdown orders amid the coronavirus pandemic forced filming to be put on hold.
A teaser trailer released in February confirmed the surprise return of popular character Jim Hopper (played by David Harbour), solidifying the new season as one of the most anticipated upcoming releases for Netflix.
Had the fourth season been released during the quarantine, it could have been expected for Stranger Things to surpass Tiger King in terms of popularity.
However, with filming put on hold during the pandemic, fans are not expecting to see the new instalment until 2021 at the earliest.
After the limited filming for the series that has been completed, fans have pieced together some of the clues to seemingly confirm some small plot details for season four.
With Hopper imprisoned in a Soviet labour camp, Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers) and Brett Gelman (Murray Bauman) have both been spotted in locations that could be Lithuania, standing in for Russian locations for the series.
Co-creators the Duffer Brothers have been keeping plot details under wraps for the time being.
It has been confirmed the first episode will be titled The Hellfire Club, with some fans picking up on the X-Men reference to suggest the new season will take inspiration from superhero films alongside its catalogue of 80s classics.
Stranger Things season 1-3 are available to stream on Netflix.
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