American drama, “You” has dethroned Netflix Inc.’s South Korean hit, “Squid Game” as the streaming service’s most-watched TV series in the United States, at least for the time being.
After 25 days at the top of the US charts, “Squid Game” was pushed off by the newly released third season of “You,” which debuted on Saturday. However, “You” is still ranking second in Nigeria.
This is according to statistics from the tracking software FlixPatrol.
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“You,” starring Penn Badgley from “Gossip Girl,” was the most popular series in the United States on Sunday. However, it wasn’t able to dethrone squid game in Nigeria yet.
“You” which premiered in 2018, recounts the story of a charming bookseller (and serial killer) who goes to great lengths to integrate himself into the lives of those who captivate him. The play is based on the works of Caroline Kepnes, an American author.
“Squid Game,” about a gang of indebted Koreans who compete in a hazardous game for a large financial reward, remains Netflix’s most popular series, with 111 million views since its Sept. 17 premiere. Despite being beaten out in the United States, it was the platform’s most-watched show worldwide on Sunday.
The show’s high performance indicates promise for the streamer’s investment strategy, which has involved leaning into international productions following the successes of shows like the Spanish series “Money Heist (La Casa de Papel)” and the French drama “Lupin.”
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Nairametrics reported that Netflix spent $21.4 million for the nine-episode series, which debuted four weeks ago, and the firm expects “Squid Game” to bring in more than 40 times that amount in “impact value,” or $891 million.
SK Broadband, a South Korean internet service provider, reportedly sued Netflix because the popular show “Squid Game” on the platform reportedly caused a spike in network traffic.