South Korean series Squid Game is on its way to becoming Netflix‘s most-watched show thus far.
In just under two weeks from dropping (the series hit Netflix on September 17th), Squid Game has hit Netflix’s number 1 spot in a whopping 90 countries, including Australia and the US.
Word of mouth has managed to make the brutal survival drama the show of the moment, going viral with online talk that’s had #SquidGame trending. It’s quite the feat, considering it’s a non-English-language series, doesn’t come with big-name western celebs, and isn’t based on existing popular IP.
In terms of the most-watched Netflix shows (based on the streamer’s measurement of accounts that tuned in for at least 2 minutes in the first 28 days of release), Bridgerton takes the lead with 82 million accounts, with Lupin Part 1 and The Witcher following with 76 million accounts each. While no numbers have been released for Squid Game as yet, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos is already confident the series will either be up there – or end up in the lead.
“Squid Game will definitely be our biggest non-English-language show in the world, for sure,” Sarandos said earlier this week while speaking at the Code Conference. “It’s only been out for nine days, and it’s a very good chance it’s going to be our biggest show ever.”
Apart from impressive viewer numbers, the series has been extremely well received by both audiences and critics. At the time of writing, Squid Game holds a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, where it also has an 88% audience score. On IMDb, it currently has an 8.3 rating out of 10.
The oh-so violent, highly addictive series tells of quite the macabre game. 456 desperate contestants compete with each other in a mysterious and deadly survival game involving multiple rounds of childhood games to win a huge cash prize that can pull them out of their misery. Suffice it to say, people… really want to win.