The highest rated shows of 2022 have been revealed – and, surprisingly, Stranger Things didn’t claim the top spot.
In data provided to TechRadar, the hugely successful Netflix series only earned third place in IMDb’s highest-rated comeback series of the year so far. (opens in a new tab). Given how popular the Supernatural show’s latest entry – Stranger Things season 4 – has been with audiences, this may come as a shock to TV buffs.
So which shows delayed Stranger Things’ advances to take first and second place? Oddly enough, two of Netflix’s Stranger Things rivals. According to IMDb’s ratings, Peaky Blinders and Better Call Saul – both returned this year with their sixth and final seasons – took first place ahead of Stranger Things. Currently, the duo hold 8.8 out of 10 ratings among IMDB’s userbase, with Stranger Things just behind the pair with an 8.7 out of 10 rating.
As surprising as it may seem to see Stranger Things missing out on the top spot to its Netflix cousins, the streaming giant will be pleased to see so many of its TV offerings in IMDb’s Top 10 Returning Series list. Of the shows listed, six are available on Netflix – confirmation that, despite its recent woes, Netflix is still the king of the streaming landscape. The other Netflix deals to make the list? Love, Death & Robots, plus The Last Kingdom.
Prime Video’s The Boys and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel also made the list – the duo tied with Stranger Things at 8.7 out of 10. Meanwhile, HBO Max’s Euphoria and family drama show This Is Us – the series NBC also available on Disney Plus – round out of the top 10.
Stranger Things may have only earned the bronze position on IMDb’s charts, but it’s possible the series will eventually spoof Peaky Blinders and Better Call Saul. The second part of Season 4 was released on July 1, so it may receive a rankings boost (and move to first) if viewers consider its final two episodes the best entries of the season so far. If you caught these episodes over launch weekend, be sure to check out our Volume 2 Season 4 ending explainer, where we cover everything you need to know about the Stranger Things 4 finale.
Analysis: disrupting the data?
As intriguing as IMDb’s top-rated returning show data is, it doesn’t paint a complete picture of the streaming landscape.
For one thing, IMDb only considered multi-season shows for this dataset. Each series on this list has two or more seasons under its belt, so it’s hard to determine how these TV series compare to shows debuting in 2022.
If we factor new shows into the equation – again, using IMDb user scores (opens in a new tab) — there’s only one other series (other than the aforementioned duo) rated higher than Stranger Things. It’s another Netflix show once again, with the hugely popular Heartstopper matching Peaky Blinders and Better Call Saul’s 8.8 out of 10 ratings. Meanwhile, Apple TV Plus’ superb sci-fi offering Severance joins Stranger Things in the 8.7 out of 10 bracket.
However, taking into account the 20 scores, Stranger Things Season 4 would actually be the fourth highest rated show of 2022 so far. Heartstopper, Peaky Blinders and Better Call Saul would share the top spot in a top-rated combo show on IMDb’s 2022 list, with Stranger Things and Severance forced to settle for fourth.
Again, though, that doesn’t tell the whole story. IMDb isn’t the only place viewers can rate TV shows, with other review aggregator websites, including Rotten Tomatoes, equally important in determining how a series is perceived by audiences in the world. world.
Interestingly, however, Stranger Things is also not the highest rated returning series of 2022 on Rotten Tomatoes. The show created by the Duffer brothers holds a certified fresh rating of 90% (opens in a new tab) among Rotten Tomatoes users, but he’s unable to topple Peaky Blinders (93%), Heartstopper (98%) and Better Call Saul here (96%) here. Even Severance (93%) and the Hulu original series Only Murders in the Building (92%) are rated higher than the fourth season of Stranger Things.
Of course, there’s still time for Stranger Things 4 to snatch the top spot from its competitors. As we said earlier, the latest episodes of the series could boost its rating if fans think they are worth it. Likewise, however, Volume 2 may not be the ending fans were hoping to see from Season 4, which could lead to its rating dropping. These are the dangers of review aggregator websites.
Still, Stranger Things Season 4 can hold its head high. Her latest entry is a return to form after a good but not great third season, and she also recently set a new record. Its 7.2 billion minutes watched in the week from May 30 to June 5 set a new benchmark for streaming analytics firm Nielsen (per The Hollywood Reporter (opens in a new tab)), with Tiger King and Ozark’s 5 billion minutes watched ranking a distant second.
Stranger Things may not have won the top-rated TV show crown, but it more than deserved its most recent achievement. Also expect it to retake the top spot in Netflix’s top 10 lists in the near future.