Entertainment Squid Game Has Netflix's 'Biggest Series Launch Ever' with 111 Million Viewers
‘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.
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The production companyon Twitter Tuesday that the Korean show reached Netflix's "biggest series launch ever" with 111 million viewers, surpassing Bridgerton.
Netflix, which famously releases only certain viewership metrics and data, included a fun video to go along with the announcement, with the show's announcer thanking viewers for the support.
"I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to you all," the announcer says in the video, over visuals from the show. "111 million of you have joined the ranks of the VIPs, making Squid Game our No. 1 show in the world."
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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.
"And for the rest of you," the announcer continued, "will you seize the opportunity to join the game?"
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The gory thriller ranked as the No. 1 show worldwide on the streaming service late last month, according to. Squid Game was released on Sept. 17 and, just two days later, entered the top 10 shows globally. The next day, it was at No. 2 before taking the No. 1 spot on Sept. 21.
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"We did not see that coming, in terms of its global popularity," Ted Sarandos, Netflix's co-CEO and chief content officer,.
The, according to the streamer, was Bridgerton, with 82 million viewers as of this past January after the period drama was released on Christmas Day 2020.
Squid Game's writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk previously opened up to Variety about the difficult process of writing the show, and whether or not he will make a second season, given the first one's success.
"I wanted to write a story that was an allegory or fable about modern capitalist society, something that depicts an extreme competition, somewhat like the extreme competition of life. But I wanted it to use the kind of characters we've all met in real life," he said. "As a survival game, it is entertainment and human drama. The games portrayed are extremely simple and easy to understand. That allows viewers to focus on the characters, rather than being distracted by trying to interpret the rules."
"Squid Game": Netflix wants to be Season 2 - and there is already an indication of the content
The global streaming hit " Squid Game " is currently on everyone's lips. The series about a brutal competition, where you can lose your life in six children's games or win millions, fascinates the Netflix audience - and is owed to a man: Hwang Dong-Hyuk has come up with the series over ten years ago, The scripts are written and they finally for a long process with many rejections. can stage.
Similar concepts have played out in popular titles such as thefranchise as well as the film The Running Man, based on a novel by .
Dong-hyuk also told Variety, "I don't have well-developed plans for Squid Game 2. It is quite tiring just thinking about it. But if I were to do it, I would certainly not do it alone. I'd consider using a writers' room and would want multiple experienced directors."
"Squid Game": Blanquer calls parents not to let children alone in front of the .
screens © Alain Jocard / AFP The Ministry of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, October 16, 2021. The Dystopian series "Squid Game »Carton on Netflix and its violent games are invited to school classes. The Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, who alerted the principals and the main colleges, invited invited parents and platforms to seize the problem.