For the past month, your friends have endlessly told you on social media, “You Got to Watch This Crazy Netflix Show Called Stranger Things! It’s Awesome!” The 8-episode sci-fi/horror show centered in the 80s has taken the world by storm. You can see our endless praise on the show HERE. The show left many immediately wanting a second season but so far the streaming service has not yet greenlit season 2. But with an impressive 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and endless praise across the board, it’s just got to… it’s just gotta. Netflix however, does not release their ratings to the public, so gauging how many people actually watched the show (which determines on whether or not a show like this gets a second season) proves a little difficult…. Until now.
SymphonyAM, a startup service that tracks media consumption seems to have cracked the code on how to track Netflix’s viewership and states that Stranger Things is one of Netflix’s greatest hits. In its latest report SymphonyAM states that within the show’s first 16 days, 8.2 million people have watched the show. This places Stranger Things above the Marvel/Netflix shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Stranger Things even has higher initial ratings than the critically acclaimed House of Cards and Narcos. Fuller House and Orange is the New Black are the only shows with higher initial ratings than Stranger Things. Below is a chart detailing the viewership according to SymphonyAM.
While Netflix has disputed SymphonyAM’s numbers in the past, make no mistake, Stranger Things is a bonafide hit and we should feel comfortable waiting for a second season to be approved by Netflix eventually. Of course, it also depends if Series creators Matt and Ross Duffer, have more of a story to tell. In a recent interview via Variety, it seems they do….
The series’ first season does answer most of the questions raised, said Matt Duffer “We want it to feel like a big movie,” he said. “But there’s a bigger mythology, and there’s a lot of dangling threads at the end. We could explore it if Netflix wanted to continue.”. To whit, his brother chimed in: ““It’s about giving enough so the audience feels satisfied.”
Everyone wants more. Everyone wants to see more of these characters but maybe, just maybe, the one season is as good as its going to get. One of those things, where if you do more with it, then you run the risk of lessening what came before it. Kind of like how the second bite of apple is never as good as the first?
What do you think – should Stranger Things carry on? Or would a sequel be running into Gremlins 2 and Ghostbusters 2 territory? Oh, oh, a show of hands, how many people want to see “Stranger Things: The New Batch” now that we just planted that idea in your head?
Also, circling back to Symphony’s numbers… Full House has the number one slot, really? Really!? Dave Coulier’s come back was that much more of a draw than a blind vigilante of Hell’s Kitchen, a super strong female private Detective, and the shenanigans of a bunch of women in prison?
Source: Business Insider