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A whopping 361,000 people watched all nine episodes of the second season of Netflix's Stranger Things on its premiere date, according to data shared by Nielsen at its annual NewFronts breakfast in New York.

By the numbers: At 52 minutes per episode, that's 7.8 hours of content consumption on premiere day per person.

Other shows have similar opening binges:

  • 327,000 people ages 2+ watched eight episodes of Marvel's Defenders on premiere day (at 51 minutes each, a total of 6.8 hours of consumption).
  • 201,000 people ages 2+ watched nine episodes of Fuller House on premiere day (at 26 minutes each, a total of 3.9 hours of consumption).

To be clear: These numbers, while extraordinary, are still a very small part of each show's overall audience. Stranger Things’ second season premiere drew over 15 million viewers of the show's first episode in its first three days while Defenders averaged 6.1 million viewers during the week its first episode premiered.

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Former Defense Secretary Esper sues Pentagon over book

Former President Trump and former Defense Secretary Mark Esper at the White House in 2020. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper filed a lawsuit Sunday against the Defense Department, accusing the Pentagon of "censoring" his First Amendment rights by redacting parts of his upcoming book on the Trump administration.

The big picture: Esper, who served as defense secretary from July 2019 until he was fired by then-President Trump in November last year, alleges in the suit that "significant text" is "being improperly withheld from publication" of the manuscript "under the guise of classification."

WHO warns against travel bans on southern African countries

Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization regional director for Africa. Photo: Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

The World Health Organization called on countries Sunday to not impose travel bans on southern African nations amid concerns over the new COVID-19 Omicron variant.

Why it matters: The U.S. and countries in Europe and the Asia-Pacific announced travel restrictions in response to Omicron, which was first detected in South Africa. It's since spread to several European countries, Canada, Israel, Australia and Hong Kong. The WHO noted in a statement that only two southern African nations have detected the new variant.

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First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada

COVID-19 testing personnel at Toronto Pearson International Airport in September. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The first two cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in North America, the Canadian government announced Sunday evening.

Driving the news: The World Health Organization has named Omicron a "variant of concern," but cautioned earlier on Sunday that it is not yet clear whether it's more transmissible than other strains of COVID-19.