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Squid Game beats Bridgerton to become Netflix’s biggest series launch with 111 million viewers

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Netflix’s Squid Game has become the biggest launch in the streaming service’s history, with 111 million fans watching the show since its September 17 debut.

The South Korean hit series has become quite the pop culture phenomenon upon launch, easily surpassing the 82 million accounts viewed by Bridgerton in the first 28 days of that show.

The show is currently the #1 show on Netflix’s Top 10 lists in 94 countries around the world, and will also become the first South Korean show to become the #1 show in the United States, according to CNN.

Biggest: Netflix’s Squid Game has become the biggest launch in streaming service history, with 111 million fans watching the show since its September 17 debut.

Phenomenon: The South Korean hit series has become quite the pop culture phenomenon at launch, easily surpassing the 82 million accounts watched Bridgerton in the first 28 days of that show

Phenomenon: The South Korean hit series has become quite the pop culture phenomenon at launch, easily surpassing the 82 million accounts watched Bridgerton in the first 28 days of that show

While the ratings are certainly impressive, it doesn’t necessarily mean that 111 million Netflix accounts have watched the show from start to finish.

Netflix’s viewership stats count a “viewer” as someone who watched at least two minutes of the show, though the same metric has been applied to all of his other shows.

Anyway, the 111 million viewers represent more than half of Netflix’s worldwide subscriber base of 209 million, which is even more impressive given that the show doesn’t feature any major stars.

Viewership: While the ratings are certainly impressive, it doesn't necessarily mean that 111 million Netflix accounts have watched the show from start to finish

Viewership: While the ratings are certainly impressive, it doesn’t necessarily mean that 111 million Netflix accounts have watched the show from start to finish

Minyoung Kim, Netflix’s vice president of content for Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, said the show “has broken beyond our wildest dreams.”

“When we first started investing in Korean series and movies in 2015, we knew we wanted to create world-class stories for key K content fans in Asia and the world,” Kim said.

‘Squid Game’ gave [Netflix] more confidence that our global strategy is moving in the right direction,” Kim added.

Right direction: 'Squid Game' gave [Netflix] more confidence that our global strategy is moving in the right direction,” Kim added

Right direction: ‘Squid Game’ gave [Netflix] more confidence that our global strategy is moving in the right direction,” Kim added

Wildest dreams: Minyoung Kim, Netflix's vice president of content for Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, said the show

Wildest dreams: Minyoung Kim, Netflix’s vice president of content for Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, said the show “broke beyond our wildest dreams”

Squid Game was first announced on Netflix in September 2019, when it was titled Round Six.

Created by Hwang Dong-hyuk (The Fortress), who wrote and directed each of the nine episodes, the series revolves around a competition that brings together 456 people from different walks of life.

The most important thing they have in common is that they are all in huge debt and get a chance to win billions by playing a series of children’s games… but with deadly consequences.

Games: The most important thing they have in common is that they are all in huge debt and get a chance to win billions by playing a series of children's games… but with deadly consequences

Games: The most important thing they have in common is that they are all in huge debt and get a chance to win billions by playing a series of children’s games… but with deadly consequences

The series stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Hoyeon, Oh Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae and Lee Byung-hun.

Despite the show’s astronomical success, Netflix has yet to reveal whether or not Squid Game will be renewed for a second season.

If Netflix picks it up for a second season, it might just be one of the streaming services’ most anticipated shows to date.

Cast: The lead roles in the series are Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Hoyeon, Oh Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae and Lee Byung-hun

Cast: The lead roles in the series are Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Hoyeon, Oh Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae and Lee Byung-hun

Renewed?: Despite the show's astronomical success, Netflix has yet to reveal whether or not Squid Game will be renewed for a second season

Renewed?: Despite the show’s astronomical success, Netflix has yet to reveal whether or not Squid Game will be renewed for a second season

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