With 111 million accounts watching, Squid Game now Netflix’s biggest show

Oct 13, 2021
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STREAMING service Netflix has had a sizable string of hits since its transformation from DVD rental company to on-demand platform: House of Cards, Stranger Things, Extraction, Tiger King, The Queen’s Gambit, The Witcher, Lupin. But Squid Game, it seems, looks to beat them all.

A tweet by official account Netflix Geeked wrote: “It only took 17 days and 111M global fans to become our biggest ever series at launch (and the first to surpass 100M when it premiered).”

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A spokesperson for Netflix confirmed to The Verge’s Catie Keck that these figures track how many accounts (not people) watched the series for at least two minutes.

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The tweet is also referring to the extraordinary genesis of the vicious, thrilling series, and how director Hwang Dong-Hyuk had to sell his laptop just to make ends meet while he was fending off a string of rejections for the idea.

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Comparing Squid Game ratings with other Netflix series, movies

At this year’s Code Conference held last September, Neflix — in a rare display of transparency — outlined its biggest series by number of accounts who viewed them. At number one was Bridgerton S1, with 82 million accounts, followed by Lupin Part 1 at 76 million, and The Witcher S1 at 76 million.

With 111 million accounts under its belt (or at least, 111 million accounts who watched the show for two minutes), Squid Game — an Asian series in a non-English language — is handily beating them all.

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    It’s even beating Netflix’s top original films: Extraction (99 million), Bird Box (89 million), and Spenser Confidential (85 million).

    Squid Game also reached the number one position in 94 countries — that is, all the countries with Netflix that have a top 10 chart, said the spokesperson to The Verge.

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