The announcement was made via video:
I called it three weeks ago
. It was fairly obvious based on various metrics, from critical praise to outside ratings to social media. An outside company Symphony Advanced Media revealed that 14.08 million 18-49 year olds streamed the show in its first 35 days, third highest in the past year on Netflix behind only "Orange is the New Black" and "Fuller House."
The first season ran only eight episodes. Typically networks would give a hit show more episodes season two. Netflix did so as well but just barely: nine episodes will appear sometime in 2017.
The supernatural drama was set in 1983, focused on a young boy's disappearance "Poltergeist" style and a telekinetic girl who helps his friends find him. Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine added nostalgic notes amid a cast of unknown kid actors.