Netflix, a US-based streamer, says the Korean TV series ‘Squid Game’ is now its biggest show ever.
The streaming platform, in a Twitter post on Tuesday, announced that the ultraviolent drama has been sampled by 111 million members since its September 17 global premiere — over the span of just 25 days.
This means ‘Squid Game’ was viewed by more people in its first month of release than ‘Bridgerton’, the previous number one holder, which Netflix said had been selected to watch by 82 million households in its first 28 days.
Variety reports that the metric Netflix used to determine this was based on the number of accounts that picked the title and streamed for at least 2 minutes, thereby not accounting for how many watched even one full episode.
Squid Game has officially reached 111 million fans — making it our biggest series launch ever! pic.twitter.com/SW3FJ42Qsn
— Netflix (@netflix) October 12, 2021
Written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, ‘Squid Game’ features actors like Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, O Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi, and Kim Joo-ryoung.
The survival drama TV series centers on a contest where 456 players, drawn from different walks of life but each deeply in debt, play a set of children’s games with deadly penalties for losing for the chance to win ₩45.6 billion.
Hwang conceived of the idea based on his economic struggles early in life and the class disparity in South Korea.
Though initially scripted in 2008, Hwang had been unable to find a production to support the script until Netflix, in 2019, found interest as part of their drive to expand their foreign programming offerings.
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