Stranger Things 2 is officially more popular than The Walking Dead

More than 15 million people in the United States watched the Stranger Things 2 premiere within the first three days of its release.

The data, from US ratings collator Neilsen, says a whopping 361,000 users binged the entire nine episodes on the first day of release (via TV Guide).

Of the 15.8 million people who checked out the first episode, 11 million were between 18 and 49, Nielsen says.

Interestingly, each of the nine episodes averaged four million viewers over the first three days of release.

And those who binged averaged three episodes in a single sitting, the data firm says.

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Stranger Things

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Because Nielsen has only just started publishing statistics for streaming services, its difficult to know how well season 2 is performing compared to the original.

While it’s among the most popular original shows Netflix has ever released, season 1 is likely to have been a slower burn in terms of viewing figures.

However, we do know how it performed in relation to some of Netflix’s other home-brewed shows.

The first episode of Marvel’s Defenders brought in 6.1 million viewers, compared with the 15.8 million people who watched Stranger Things S02E01.

Beyond the streaming arena, the first episode also defeated some pretty serious competition from the traditional cable and satellite realm.

The first episode of The Walking Dead Season 8 grabbed 11.4 million viewers.

Perhaps even more impressive is the fact ST2 only drew around 400k less viewers than the Game of Thrones S7 premiere.

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