Stranger Things season 4 couldn’t beat The Squid Game as Netflix’s most watched TV season. Diversity reports. While the Duffer Brothers production racked up a truly unfathomable 1.4 billion watch hours in the first 28 days after the release of volumes 1 and 2 of the season (Netflix combined both periods for their numbers), Hwang Dong Hyuk’s capitalist satire kept attention on the screens. over 1.7 billion hours in the same time period after its debut.
To be clear, both numbers are almost beyond comprehension. To put them in perspective, The Squid Game was viewed for a cumulative time of almost 194,064 years. For reference: 195,000 years ago, the first people were just beginning to develop on Earth (through Smithsonian magazine). In other words, both The Squid Game and Stranger Things Season 4 are pretty big shows.
However, clinging to one of Netflix’s most sought-after entries is yet another testament to the unexpected nature of Squid Game’s popularity. Hwang has been known to face rejections on The Squid Game for 10 years trying to find someone willing to risk his social satire. The Duffer Brothers had a similar infamous struggle as they tried to find a home for Stranger Things (via business insider). Perhaps the success of both shows will encourage more studios to take risks with creators whose vision falls outside the norm.