We knew it would happen sooner or later, and it took Stranger Things about two weeks to lose its No. 1 spot on Netflix’s top 10 to a new show. We’ve been through this twice now, given that Stranger Things Season 4 was split into releases a month apart with Part 1 and Part 2, so what won this time?
While Stranger Things Part 1 topped the top 10 list for about three weeks, it was finally bowled over by The Umbrella Academy’s return for Season 3. That wasn’t a big surprise given that The Umbrella Academy was a big hit for a while. now, but this time? It’s something brand new.
Resident Evil is currently the #1 show on Netflix, which makes for a weird situation considering most people seem to… hate it. I just finished writing an article about Resident Evil Season 1 not just not doing well with critics, with 55% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s getting even worse with audiences and has a score of 22% viewership which is among the worst I’ve ever seen for any Netflix series.
And yet, it is clear that people are watching him. Resident Evil debuted as the show’s number two when it arrived a few days ago, and now it’s already climbed to No. 1, dethroning the show’s most popular season in English. most popular in Netflix history. Admittedly, Part 2 of Stranger Things only requires four hours of viewing time before people can move on, so it’s not a huge shock that it only lasted “only” two weeks at n. °1 instead of three like part 1 did.
Stranger Things season 4 is trying to make its way to Squid Game’s 28-day overall viewing record for both parts combined. It needs 1.6 billion views in 28 days, and while it’s already passed the 1 billion mark, it still has two weeks left for Part 2 to get there. It may end with a few hundred million dollars, unless fans decide to watch the last two episodes multiple times.
As for Resident Evil, all Netflix really cares about is viewership. So the show may do poorly with critics and even audiences, but as long as people watch it for some reason, there may be a season 2. However, Netflix cut much cheaper shows that performed better, so that doesn’t seem like a sure thing until we see some longer-term performance. Resident Evil itself really feels like it’s going to get a season 2, as it feels comfortable ending on a whole bunch of cliffhangers that demand at least another season to resolve.
We’ll see how long Resident Evil can stay on top here. The longer it is, the more likely we are to see a season 2, but I’d be surprised if we hear anything concrete anytime soon. More to come, stay tuned.
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