Stranger Things has officially become the most tweeted about streaming show in history following the debut of its much anticipated season 2. When Netflix dropped the first season of Stranger Things last summer, the ‘80s nostalgia-filled show became an instant hit with fans and critics, who appreciated the acting and references to ‘80s pop culture utilized by creators and showrunners the Duffer brothers. Netflix smartly moved the debut of season 2 from the summer to October to presumably capitalize on the Halloween holiday.
This has certainly paid off big time for Netflix and everyone else involved, as season 2 has proven to be nearly just as popular with viewing audiences and professional critics as season 1, who believed that Stranger Things succeeded in not forgetting the characters and ‘80s-fueled horror elements that made the show special in the first place. Now, thanks to Twitter, fans have a quantifiable idea of just how popular the show’s second season debut was.
Variety has officially learned from Twitter that the first three days following the debut of Stranger Things season 2 saw more than 3.7 million tweets generated by fans of the show. This set a brand new record for a streaming show, though since Netflix does not release ratings information, it’s impossible to tell just how many people actually watched the show.
This is definitely great news for the Duffer brothers and everyone involved with Stranger Things and is just further proof of the show’s ever-growing popularity. Naturally, with the Duffer brothers reportedly already hard at work developing season 3, it’s hard not to wonder just how much more popular Stranger Things will grow to be during its run. With cast members like David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown attached to high profile projects like the Hellboy reboot and Godzilla: King of Monsters, it’s tough to say just how high of a profile the show can achieve before the end.
Either way, when the cast renegotiates their contracts before season 3 goes into production, they will surely be in a better position to get much more money moving forward. Though with cast member Charlie Heaton being recently caught with a small amount of cocaine and refused entry into the United States, it’s hard not to wonder if Stranger Things and Netflix will elect not to bring him and other cast members back for the third outing.
Regardless of the future of certain cast members, Stranger Things is at the height of its popularity, and it’s easy to imagine that season 3 of the show will yet again set a new record for most tweeted streaming show. Though whether or not that happens remains to be seen.
Stranger Things season 2 is available now in its entirety on Netflix.