Netflix’s new streaming record holder is here
Wednesday, the new The Addams Family spinoff is now on top of Netflix’s viewership, and has dethroned the former champion Stranger Things. The series based on Wednesday Addams is now loved across the world. The original series ran from October 1998 to August 1999, with Christina Ricci playing the Addams’s daughter. The new one starring Jenna Ortega premiered on November 23 and quickly climbed up the ranks.
The New Record
In a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Wednesday now holds the biggest-ever opening for an English language series in Netflix history, overtaking Stranger Things. It managed to get a massive 341.2 million hours of global streaming in its opening week, while Stranger Things season 4, which had one of the biggest openings ever, stopped at around 335 million hours. Both series are still behind Squid Game, which still reigns at the very top with 571.76 million hours.
The Tim Burton-directorial now holds more promise for future seasons since Netflix has really been dedicating a lot of time and resources to creating original content. The series hit #1 in 83 different countries in the first week, and Netflix determined that around 50 million households tuned in to watch it. The reception to Wednesday has also been excellent, with many praising Ortega’s performance, along with excellent supporting roles from Gwendoline Christie, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzmán, and Christina Ricci, who returned in a new role.
Taking back the crown
Wednesday ended with plenty of storylines to be explored in a potential season 2, and co-showrunner Miles Millar said that it would happen should a second season is greenlit. But there is no doubt about that due to it dethroning an already beloved show.
But it is clear that the highly-anticipated season 5 of Stranger Things will come to take the top spot.