Tim Burton’s “Addams Family” spinoff with Jenna Ortega as Wednesday is now the third title on Netflix to reach 1 billion hours watched in a month. Only “Squid Game” and “Stranger Things“ Season 4 have done this before.
This also means that “Wednesday” has passed Ryan Murphy’s “Dahmer” to become Netflix’s No. 2 most popular English-language show of all time. The company bases its “Most Popular” list on how many hours each title was watched in its first 28 days. “Dahmer” got 856.2 million hours in that time, while “Wednesday” still has one more week to get even higher on the list.
But the show is now 352.1 million hours behind Season 4 of “Stranger Things” in its first 28 days, and “Wednesday” had 269.7 million hours watched between Dec. 5 and 11. This makes it likely that “Stranger Things” will keep its No. 1 spot among English-language TV shows.
But it’s also important to remember that “Stranger Things” has a longer runtime. Season 4 of “Stranger Things” lasts about 13 hours, while “Wednesday” only lasts 6.8 hours. This gives “Stranger Things” a big advantage if you only look at the number of viewing hours.
Netflix says that more than 150 million households have watched “Wednesday” (dividing 1.02 billion viewing hours by the 6.8-hour runtime). That’s already further along than “Stranger Things 4” was in its first 28 days, which is about 104 million if you divide the 1.35 billion hours people watched by the 13 hours it ran.
“Harry & Meghan” was ranked No. 2 on Netflix’s weekly list. In its first four days, 81.6 million hours were watched, making it the biggest documentary debut in Netflix’s history. About 28 million homes have watched the first three episodes, which are the only ones available until Thursday when the last three will be shown.
Most likely, the series will stay near the top of the chart for a few more weeks. Based on four days of viewing, which is what the “Harry & Meghan” number is based on, “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” and “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel” tied for the second-highest number of hours watched in a documentary’s first week on Netflix.
However, these two titles came out before Netflix started making Top 10 lists based on hours watched.
The first part of the second and final season of “Firefly Lane,” a drama based on the same-named novel, had 50.35 million hours watched Dec. 5–11. This put it third on Netflix’s list of English-language TV shows for the week.
Fans also watched Season 1 again, which put it at No. 5 on the list with 20.94 million hours watched. “1899,” a popular thriller, had 27.53 million hours watched during the time period, and “The Crown” Season 5 stayed on top with 18.9 million hours watched.
“Too Hot to Handle” came back on the list with Season 4, which was watched for 20.43 million hours during the week. “Snack vs. Chef,” a reality cooking show hosted by Megan Stalter and Hari Kondabolu, came in at No. 8. “Dead to Me” Season 4 came in at No. 9. And “Manifest” Season 4 came in at No. 10.
See Netflix’s Top 10 lists for the week of December 5–11, starting with English-language series and moving on to non-English-language TV shows, English-language movies, and then non-English-language movies.