'Stranger Things' gets beaten by surprise show on 2022's most-watched list

TV Time has revealed its subscribers' most-watched shows in 2022, and surprisingly, one anime beat out Netflix's Stranger Things season 4 for the top spot.

TV Time, the social media platform that millions of users use to keep track of the movies and shows they watch, has revealed the most-watched show by its user base for 2022, with the winner beating out Netflix's hugely popular "Stranger Things" in a surprise move. Season 4 of the critically acclaimed show opens in two parts in summer 2022, making it the most-watched English-language show in Netflix history. Season 4 alone racked up more than 1 billion hours watched in its first 28 days of release. Season 5 will be the show's last, but a release date has yet to be set.

The official TV Time Twitter account recently shared the top 6 most-watched TV shows of 2022, with Stranger Things coming in second. Its surprise winner is the feature-length animated series One Piece, which is getting its own Netflix treatment in live-action form. A shocking omission from the list is another Netflix show that, since its release, has amassed huge numbers that rival Stranger Things 4 on Wednesday. However, the late November release, combined with only eight episodes in total, may be why TV Time subscribers are spending more time watching other shows. Tweets can be viewed Below: ^One Piece is one of the most famous manga series of all time, and since 1999 it has been adapted into an anime of the same name - as of today, it has over 1000 episodes in total, released weekly. These factors may be the reason why One Piece The reason it's No. 1 among TV Time subscribers is its sheer volume of content to fend off fierce opposition, including "Stranger Things" and "House of the Dragon." It also has to have a huge fanbase and popularity to get to the top spot, which could be a factor in its ratings. Manga creator Eiichiro Oda's revelation last year that the manga was coming to an end may also have contributed to the spike in popularity.

Why Is One Piece So Popular?

2022 was a big year for TV, and 2023 looks set to continue that trend, with new and returning major titles hitting screens throughout the year. In January alone, the long-awaited potential behemoth adaptation of the critically acclaimed video game of the same name, The Last of Us, will premiere on HBO on January 15. The series may be the most anticipated show of the year, meaning 2023 will surely Start with a bang. Disney+ will welcome some newcomers of its own, including Star Wars spin-off Ahsoka, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Agatha: The Witch of Chaos Episode.

What's In Store For TV In 2023?

With Stranger Things season 5 unlikely to return in 2023, and probably not sooner than 2024, this year will be an opportunity for some new names to gain unprecedented popularity. In addition to the new shows, the returning TV giant will bring some competition, including The Mandalorian season 3 and Rocky season 2. There's no shortage of hit TV shows throughout the year, but as evidenced by TV Time's subscriber base, remastered power watches shouldn't be underestimated, with The Office fourth on its list. One Piece shouldn't be ignored either, as it won't be over for a few years.

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Source: TV Time/Twitter

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