You’ll have no doubt seen clips and the best Squid Game memes all over your socials. The Korean drama has taken the world by storm with fans already asking if there's going to be a Squid Game season 2. Now, Netflix has confirmed that Squid Game is officially the most-watched Netflix series ever.
The series that previously held the coveted top spot was Netflix’s dreamy period drama, Bridgerton, which had been at number one since December 2020.
Squid Game is now ranking number one in 94 countries, just a month after airing, and has smashed Netflix’s streaming record after being watched over 111 million times across the globe.
It took more than 10 years for Hwang Dong-hyuk to get Squid Game made.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). pic.twitter.com/zVF8GjHIkQOctober 12, 2021
Netflix also revealed that it surpassed the record-breaking 100 million views in just 17 days, beating Brigerton’s record of 84 million in its first month.
A Netflix spokesperson told The Verge (opens in new tab) that they calculate these mind-blowing figures on “the number of accounts that watched the series for at least two minutes, its standard metric for ranking titles.”
For the uninitiated, the most-watched television show sees 456 people who are all struggling with debt or in need of a new life, agree to play a series of games for a chance to win a ridiculous amount of money. Sounds simple enough right? Except there is a catch—players that lose any of the games, die.
Squid Game has been out for a mere few weeks now and has already gone viral, with fans rushing to buy Squid Game costumes for Halloween, TikToker's trying out the cookie game, and even the best Squid Game memes flooding your social feeds.
The show has even given us a new heartthrob to obsess over Wi Ha-Joon, who now has over eight million followers on Instagram. Really, we can’t thank Netflix enough, because we needed a new Netflix Hearthrob in our lives—especially since Regé Jean Page won’t be returning as the Duke of Hastings for Bridgerton season two.
Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.
Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.
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