I’ve written a lot of these columns debating which new Netflix show hit the #1 spot on the top 10 list and unseated the old champion, but this is one of those times when a crown transfer was inevitable.
The Lincoln Lawyer has had a good run, solidly topping the US and a number of regions worldwide since debuting, but what else has dethroned him now? Stranger things season 4.
Even before that, Stranger Things was creeping into the top 10 list as people watched old episodes in preparation for season four’s debut years later, and now that it’s here, the first seven episodes of the fourth season with nine episodes, Spot took the top spot a day after its debut.
Season 4 of Stranger Things has an odd format, seven long episodes followed by a month-long hiatus, and then two huge episodes totaling four hours in July to wrap up. This may seem like it’s the format of a show coming to an end, but after that there’s a promised fifth season that we know for sure This is the last episode of the series. Minus if they decide to spin off. This breakup was reportedly due to production issues, but I’m sure Netflix will also be enjoying a second round of talks about Stranger Things in a month’s time, rather than the usual binge-and-forget setup they have now.
I’d expect Stranger Things to top the charts for at least a solid week here, if not longer, as not only is it popular with episodes this long, but it’s going to take most people a while to get through this first part of the to survive the season.
As for The Lincoln Lawyer, it’s just an unqualified success for Netflix, at least in terms of viewership. As a show it’s ok, even good, but nothing spectacular. However, it seems to have ticked all the right boxes for many viewers, and it very much seems that with shooting costs presumably low and no A-list stars to feed, a season 2 should be inevitable, even if it hasn’t been announced yet . There are six Lincoln Lawyer books in total, this season was the second book and the Matthew McConaughey movie ten years ago was the first book. So much more source material to come. This seems like a no-brainer for renewal, and Netflix seems to be a little less dropping the ball in that department these days.
But yes, Stranger Things is here to stay on top for a while. I’ll start looking right away today and look forward to seeing what’s in store.
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