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‘Wednesday’ Has Already Become Netflix’s Third Most Popular English-Language Series of All Time – Variety

By Selome Hailu
Just two weeks after its debut on Netflix, “Wednesday” is one of the streamer’s most popular series of all time.
With a total of 752.5 hours viewed since it premiered on Nov. 23, the series is already the No. 3 most-watched English-language TV title in Netflix history. Netflix calculates this list based on a project’s performance during its first 28 days of availability, meaning that “Wednesday” still has two more weeks to continue climbing the rankings.
For comparison, the No. 1 position belongs to “Stranger Things” Season 4 with 1.35 billion hours viewed in its first 28 days, and “Monster — Dahmer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” follows with 856.2 million. A closer look reveals that “Wednesday” may well be on track to surpass both of them.

Like “Wednesday,” “Stranger Things” Season 4 made its debut on the Most Popular list at No. 3 in its second week on Netflix — but with 621.8 million hours, which is 130.7 million less than what “Wednesday” has reached in the same amount of time. And when “Monster” debuted on the Most Popular chart in its second week, it was in the ninth position with 496.1 million, significantly behind where “Wednesday” is now.
The show’s strong performance also means a bump off of the chart for Season 4 of “Ozark,” which up until now sat at No. 10 with 491.1 million hours viewed in its first month.
The Tim Burton series starring Jenna Ortega had already achieved record-breaking status before this. During the Nov. 21-27 viewing window, the series passed “Stranger Things” Season 4 to achieve the most hours viewed in a single week for an English-language series on Netflix with 341.2 million. Between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4, it reset that record again, racking up 411.3 million hours viewed and unsurprisingly taking the No. 1 position on the Netflix Top 10 for the second week in a row.
And viewership isn’t the only metric measuring the success of “Wednesday.” The song “Goo Goo Muck” by the Cramps, which is used in a climactic dance sequence in the series, has seen a 9,500% increase in streaming compared to the month before. Additionally, fans on TikTok created a viral trend setting the dance sequence to Lady Gaga’s “Bloody Mary,” leading to a 1,800% streaming increase.
Though Netflix has yet to officially renew “Wednesday,” you can read about showrunners Alfred Gough and Miles Millar’s ideas for future seasons in a Variety interview here.
For the third week in a row, “1899” took the second place position on the English-language TV chart. The sci-fi series was watched for 44.6 million hours between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4 compared to 87.9 million the week before.

Season 2 of “Firefly Lane” debuted at No. 3 with 29 million hours watched in its first three days of availability on Netflix. And in fourth place was “The Crown” Season 5, now clocking in 27.8 million hours in its fourth week on Netflix, down from 42.4 million the previous week.
Limited series “Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields” debuted at No. 5 with 23.9 million hours after its Nov. 29 debut, indicating six days of availability on Netflix. The third and final season of “Dead to Me” followed in sixth place with 19.5 million hours in its third week, while “Manifest” Season 4 had its fifth week on the chart, landing at No. 7 with 15.5 million hours. Season 1 also remained on the chart for the fifth week in a row, at No. 9 with 11.7 million hours. Season 4 topped the chart when its 10-episode Part 1 first debuted, while previous seasons have regularly reemerged over time, so it can be expected that when the final ten episodes are released (on a date yet to be announced), Season 4 will climb further up again.
Rounding out the bottom of the chart was the debut of South African drama “Blood & Water” season 3 at No. 8 with 12.7 million hours watched in TK days of availability, and Volume 1 of children’s series “Little Angel” with 11.2 million hours in its second week on Netflix.
Also notable on the Netflix Top 10 this week was “Troll.” The Norwegian film was the second-most watched title overall behind “Wednesday,” landing at the top of the non-English language movies list with 75.9 million hours watched in just four days of availability. “Troll” is already Netflix’s No. 8 most-watched non-English language movie ever.
See Netflix’s Top 10 lists for the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4 below, beginning with English-language series and followed by non-English-language TV shows, English-language movies and then non-English-language movies.

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