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Although Squid Game’s first season has been the reigning Most Watched TV Show champion on Netflix, having become a global phenomenon in the weeks after its release, its biggest competition to date has been the obsessively discussed horror hit Stranger Things. The first batch of Season 4 episodes quickly took over the streaming service’s daily Top 10 list upon the May 27 premiere, and the show remained in that top spot ever since. At least, until now, as Stranger Things was pushed out of the #1 slot for the first time by another group of oddballs who developed strange powers in their youths.
Before Stranger Things could pull off a full month atop Netflix’s Top 10 TV Shows list, the streaming service dropped another highly anticipated series onto eager fans. As such, The Umbrella Academy Season 3 officially took over as the current most popular series on the platform on Thursday, June 23, one day after it premiered all ten apocalypse-thwarting episodes. Looks like the Wheelers and Byers families have nothing on the Hargreeves siblings, amirite? (Although that said, Priah Ferguson’s Erica Sinclair would definitely be formidable enough to pose a threat.)
At this time, Netflix (opens in new tab) has yet to unveil actual viewership stats for The Umbrella Academy’s third season, but one can imagine its first weekly total will be pretty massive. Honestly, I don’t see it coming close to topping the record-setting early numbers that Stranger Things Season 4 put out, since that was a relatively rare occurrence bolstered by the throwback thriller’s episodes exceeding traditional runtimes for “hour-long” series.