Wednesday beats Stranger Things to huge upset Netflix ratings
The Addams Family spin-off on Wednesday surpassed Stranger Things’ viewership numbers in a Netflix streaming record broken by an English-language series.
The Addams Family spin-off show Wednesday has set a new Netflix viewership record, breaking the previous record held by the streaming platform’s hit show Strange things. The new series, based on the Wednesday Addams character, is the first live-action installment The Addams Family franchise since then The New Addams Family TV series, which ran from October 1998 to August 1999. Starring Jenna Ortega as the main character, Wednesday was released on November 23 and has wasted no time in setting a new record.
Seconds THR, Wednesday enjoyed the biggest opening week for an English-language series in Netflix history, surpassing the previous record set by the massive rating. Strange things. The series amassed 341.2 million viewing hours worldwide in its opening week, surpassing the previous 335 million hours set by Strange things season 4. Despite this, the total still falls short of the all-time opening week record of 571.76 million hours set by Squid Game last year.
Why Wednesday Beat Stranger Things
The success of Wednesday will be seen as a massive blow to Netflix, a streaming service that has devoted much of its time and resources to developing original content in recent years. The show achieved this remarkable feat when it reached No. 1 in no less than 83 different countries during its opening week, tying with Strange things. This was calculated by Netflix, which determined that around 50 million households worldwide watched at least part of the series. This is especially promising for the future of Wednesday.
Critical reception and fan a Wednesday it has been largely positive. Ortega’s lead performance has garnered much praise, as have the supporting turns of Gwendoline Christie, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzmán and Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday Addams in the original 1991 film. The Addams Family, and its sequel. Hollywood director Tim Burton also directs the initial four episodes of the series. This star power, combined with the appeal of the addams family IP, fueled much anticipation before the series even premiered. This probably touched WednesdayThe large audience of, while positive word of mouth ensured that more people continued to tune in. Although there is no doubt Strange things will return to action once its fifth and final season airs, for now Wednesday has taken the crown
That means we’ll get Season 2 on Wednesday, right?
All of this should definitely point in the direction of a series renewal, and while nothing has been confirmed yet, Wednesday Season 1 ended with a lot of story threads that could be explored in a second season. In fact, co-showrunner Miles Millar has already talked about a potential Wednesday season 2 and what storylines could be explored if the series was picked up for another season. The fact that Wednesday hasn’t been renewed yet shouldn’t worry fans since it just premiered, and it’s likely that Netflix wants to see how the show does before committing to a renewal. However, things now look positive for the future Wednesday.
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