It’s no secret that Netflix’s latest Korean thriller, Squid Game, has been an incredible global sensation with Netflix reporting that 111 million subscriber households have at least sampled the South Korean drama since it premiered.
However, did you know that the show also helped the streaming service to lure an unexpected number of new sign-ups?
In fact, after seeing a sharp decline in subscriptions in the first half of 2021, Netflix added 4.38 million subscribers from July through September to reach 213.6 million total subscribers worldwide. A large number of these new subscribers can be credited to Squid Game.
When Squid Game debuted on September 17, it quickly became the streaming service’s most-watched original series in its first month.
It also shot to the top of Netflix viewing charts in 94 countries and inspired a slew of Squid Game related merchandise worldwide.
Of course, Netflix did not become the world’s largest streaming service simply because of Squid Game. In fact, below, we reveal what the most popular shows of all time are on Netflix so far.
This data comes directly from Netflix’s chief executive officer (CEO), Ted Sarandos who revealed the exciting figures at a Vox Media’s Code Conference recently.
1. Stranger Things: Season 3
Number of accounts watched: 67 million
Stranger Things is an American science fiction horror show that was created by the Duffer Brothers.
It has been streaming on Netflix since 2016 and has since had three wildly popular seasons with season four scheduled to premiere in 2022.
The show is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana and focuses on Hawkins National Laboratory which has been doing scientific research for the United States Department of Energy.
Unfortunately, they also dabble in the paranormal and use human test subjects. When they create a portal into an alternate dimension, the residents of Hawkins begin to get affected in tumultuous ways.
Watch it here.