‘Stranger Things 2’ Viewers Beat ‘The Walking Dead’ In Season Premiere

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According to Nielsen, Netflix’s Stranger Things 2 gave The Walking Dead a good run for it’s money in the season premiere. Per The Wrap, the season 8 premiere, Stranger Things 2  attracted more viewers than Rick, Carol and Daryl this time around. From the stats Stranger Things 2 viewers seemingly preferred the premiere over the World Series game. Speaking of game, we all know both shows have it.

Take a look at what The Wrap has to say.

Step aside, “The Walking Dead” — there’s new hugely rated content to contend with.

OK, so “Stranger Things” isn’t new new, but TheWrap just got the first taste of the Netflix’s thriller’s ready-for-primetime TV ratings — and they’re impressive.

On Thursday, Nielsen rolled out the first significant find from its new streaming ratings: the “Stranger Things 2” premiere pulled in 15.8 million viewers over its opening weekend. That’s 800,000 more than AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Season 8 start nabbed with the benefit of three days worth of catch-up viewing.

It’s worth pointing out here that “The Walking Dead” is a Sunday show, so the following three evenings did not pack as much free time as the “Stranger Things” weekend did. Also, Season 8 is not Season 2 — but still.



“Stranger Things 2” even did better than the most-comparable (if any truly are) World Series game. Fox’s Game 3 on Friday attracted 15.7 million total viewers in L+3 data. Now, of course, very few people actually watch live sports via DVR — but a win’s a win, right Astros?

Finally, the opening episode to “Stranger Things 2” outdrew Friday’s No. 1 entertainment series, CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” by 3.9 million total viewers. Tom Selleck’s 11.9 million overall audience-member tally counts three days of delayed viewing as well.

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