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Number 1 in 76 Countries: Squid Game Might Soon Be Netflix's Biggest Show Ever

The Philippines included.

For the first time, a non-English film might just be on its way to being Netflix’s biggest series ever. According to Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos, the hit Korean thriller Squid Game has a “very good chance” of becoming not just streamer’s biggest non-English series, but also its bigger show overall. 

Netflix is notoriously tight-lipped about data and viewership, so fans and viewers are largely limited to Netflix’s top-trending or top 10 lists per country. According to Sarandos, Squid Game is already topping those lists worldwide, which is why Netflix’s head of content is sure that “Squid Game will definitely be our biggest non-English language show in the world.” 

If Sarandos guess is correct, then Squid Game will be toppling French heist series Lupin for the number one spot. Bridgerton, Netflix’s biggest show ever, might also bow to the hit K-drama.

Netflix’s viewership metrics are based on how many people watch a title or movie’s first two minutes within the first 28 days of its release. According to Flix Patrol, Squid Game is going viral worldwide and as of September 28, currently sits comfortably at number one in 76 countries—a first for any Korean drama.

Squid Game was released on September 17, just 11 days ago, but its quick rise to the top seems to be enough to convince even Netflix’s head of content. 

With that said, here's hoping for a season two. 

Photo by NETFLIX.

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