Stranger Things rockets back to the top of the Nielsens

Stranger Things rockets back to the top of the Nielsens

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Stranger Things rockets back to the top of the Nielsens (as expected) but what else happened? We walk you through the numbers

We had the Stranger Things season 4 finale, and numbers, (as you’ll see), they were impressive, letting the show rocket straight back to the top. Last week we predicted:

Stranger Things season 4 finale will push it back to #1 over The Umbrella Academy. We’re still looking out for Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Boys, and we’d love to see multi-Emmy nominated Only Murders in the Building season 2 hit the chart

One of the easier weeks to predict…

The Nielsen numbers for June 27 – July 3

There’s a new look to the Nielsen ratings table, and a tab combining film and TV audience. We look at Original streaming, it’s US only, a few weeks old and we add the columns marked ‘*’.

Rank Streamer Series #Episodes Ep length (mins)* Total Minutes (Millions) Episode Watches*
1 Netflix Stranger Things 34 75 5,911 78,813,333
2 Netflix The Umbrella Academy 30 50 2,219 44,380,000
3 Amazon The Terminal List 8 60 1,106 18,433,333
4 Amazon The Boys 23 60 951 15,850,000
5 Hulu Only Murders In The Build 14 35 526 15,028,571
6 Netflix Snowflake Mountain 8 40 492 12,300,000
7 Netflix The Upshaws 18 27 444 16,444,444
8 Netflix Peaky Blinders 36 60 392 6,533,333
9 Hulu The Bear (2022) 8 30 349 11,633,333
10 Netflix Ozark 44 60 330 5,500,000

Stranger Things rockets to the top of the table

We expected a swap of places (last week both Stranger Things and The Umbrella Academy reached over 2 billion minutes) but this is a massive step up, and remember the much delayed season 4 volume 1 release only reached just over 5 billion minutes — this is not a long way short of 6 billion. Remember it will include people watching all seasons of the show as the Nielsen amalgamates seasons into a series score.

It’s nothing short of massive, and brings the total since season 4 was released to over 27 billion minutes.

What else happened?

Poor The Umbrella Academy is second with a normally superb 2.2 billion minutes, only a little down on last time. Peaky Blinders is still showing, and Ozark clings to the bottom rung. The Boys numbers are up, keeping it at #4, and Obi-Wan Kenobi is out. Prime Video also has a hit on its hands with action thriller The Terminal List. We focus on the Hulu shows, two of which are showing in the UK on Disney+.

Only Murders in the Building, The Bear, The Orville
Only Murders in the Building, The Bear, The Orville

We are huge fans of quirky, crime podcast show Only Murders in the Building and heartily recommend it, so great news to see it enter the chart. The show is nominated for multiple Emmys and a joy to watch. A second Hulu entry is The Bear. We can’t find this on Disney+ in the UK (we gather a date should be coming), but if as and when it does arrive, looks to be a possible sleeper hit (as Only Murders was). The show has a simple premise:

A young chef from the fine dining world returns to Chicago to run his family’s sandwich shop.