Entertainment It’s Official: ‘Squid Game’ Hits 111 Million Viewers To Become Netflix’s ‘Biggest Series Launch Ever’
‘Squid Game’ Sets Milestone For Korean Original Series On Netflix As It Aims For Streamer’s Record Books
During a Q&A at the International TV Academy this past spring, Netflix’s Head of Global TV Bela Bajaria was asked whether a non-English language series could one day top the list of the streamer’s most watched programs. She sounded confident that it could happen. The milestone may now be within reach as the new Korean drama Squid Game is taking Netflix by storm, raking in viewership globally at a rate that may surpass current record holder Bridgerton.
"Squid Game" is now the most-watched series launch in Netflix history, topping such series as "Bridgerton", "Lupin", "The Witcher", the third season of "Stranger Things" and the rest of the streamer's top series.
Two weeks ago, Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos spoke at Vox Media’s Code Conference, where he declared that the ultra-violent South Korean thriller had a "very good" shot at becoming the streamer's most-watched series, and on Tuesday, the Netflix Twitter account announced that had come to pass.
Squid Game is a brutal show about social inequalities — and it's Netflix's next major hit
Netflix has recently announced that South Korean dystopian horror series Squid Game -— famed for its brutal violence — could be its biggest release ever. CBC News spoke with two culture experts to understand its themes and origins.The South Korean dystopian horror follows hundreds of debt-ridden citizens as they are forced to participate in a competition of childhood games — and be killed if they lose. The winner wins a massive amount of cash.
According to the Netflix tweet, "Squid Game" managed to hit 111 million viewers to become its "biggest series launch ever!"
Squid Game has officially reached 111 million fans — making it our biggest series launch ever!
— Netflix (@netflix)
The series, which debuted last month, took everyone by surprise when it hit No. 1 in 90 countries within 10 days of release.
"Squid Game" follows a group of desperate and indebted people who compete in grownup versions of schoolyard games from childhood, lured by the chance to win $45.6 billion Korean won (approximately $48 million Canadian), not realizing that while winning brings big bucks, losing results in a violent, painful death.
In a recent interview with, series creator creator Hwang Dong-hyuk revealed that he's been kicking around the idea, which he initially envisioned as a movie, since 2008.
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"At the time, there was the Lehman Brothers crisis; the Korean economy was badly affected and I was also economically struggling,” Dong-hyuk said, via a translator.
"Over the past 10 years, there were a lot of issues: There was the cryptocurrency boom, where people around the world, especially young people in Korea, would go all-in and invest all their money into cryptocurrencies. And there was the rise of IT giants like Facebook, Google, and in Korea, there’s Naver, and they are just restructuring our lives. It’s innovative but these IT giants also got very rich. And then Donald Trump became the president of the United States and I think he kind of resembles one of the VIPs in the Squid Game. It’s almost like he’s running a game show, not a country, like giving people horror. After all these issues happened, I thought it was about time that this show goes out into the world.”
Netflix: The Squid Game series should bring 900 million dollars .
© Netflix real success of the streaming platform, Squid Game is the series that knows the best launch of Netflix history. But the program is also very lucrative: it should report $ 900 million, 770 million euros. Its production has been costing only $ 21.4 million. with Squid Game, South Koreans put everyone okay. Broadcast on September 17 on Netflix, its launch is a real success. A success that the numbers prove, for the least unexpected. Indeed, if Squid Game cost $ 21.4 million to produce, i