Squid Game, Netflix’s box office viewing hours ‘overwhelmingly’

A scene from the Korean drama ‘Squid Game’. Netflix

‘188,000 years.’ It is a long period of time that can only appear in archeology, like foreign media reports that the jawbone of a human ancestor who lived about 180,000 years ago was discovered in Israel in 2018. However, this is not the case here, and the total time watched by viewers around the world during the four weeks after the first broadcast of the Korean drama ‘Squid Game’ was added up, and it was counted as 188,000 years.

This is confirmed through the historical hit list rankings and viewing time data released by Netflix on the 16th (local time). Netflix is ​​a global online video service (OTT) and ‘Squid Game’ is a Netflix original drama.

According to Netflix, ‘Squid Game’ ranked first among non-English-speaking dramas, recording 1.65 billion hours. According to Netflix, this translates to a whopping 188,400 years when converted into years.

It is a number that other hit films of all time cannot dare to surpass. ‘Bridgerton: Season 1’ (625.49 million hours), which took first place among English-speaking dramas, and ‘Paper House: Part 4’ (61,901 million hours), which ranked second after ‘Squid Game’ among non-English-speaking dramas, Both were more than a billion hours apart. The viewing time of ‘Bird Box’, the No. 1 film in English-speaking countries, and ‘Blood Red Sky’, the number one non-English-speaking movie, was 28.202 million hours and 110.52 million hours, respectively, which is incomparable to that of ‘Squid Game’.

Tourists are taking a commemorative photo in front of Yeong-hee doll, a character from ‘Squid Game’, located on the beach overlooking the Sydney Opera House, a famous attraction in Sydney, Australia. Segye Ilbo data photo

Foreign media introduced that this time, Netflix ranked the hit works based on the time watched by subscribers for 28 days (4 weeks) after the first broadcast, and the performance of ‘Squid Game’ showed a reaction itself as a wonder itself. The entertainment media ‘Variety’ praised it highly, saying, “The global hit ‘Squid Game’ showed an amazing viewing time.” Information technology (IT) media ‘Cnet’ also exclaimed, “When I opened the lid, I spent much more time watching ‘Squid Game’ than I thought.”

In addition to the historical hit list, Netflix released the top-ranked works in terms of weekly viewing time from 1st to 10th. Again, Korean dramas swept 1st to 3rd places. If you compare it to an athletic event, it is like the national players of a country who have won gold, silver, and bronze medals.

First, ‘Squid Game’ maintained the top position with 42.79 million hours a week, while ‘Yeonmo’ (14.12 million hours) took second place and ‘Gae Village Cha Cha Cha’ (13.82 million hours) took the third place, respectively. If you add up to ‘My Name’ (10.82 million hours), ranked 5th, it means that four Korean dramas have entered the ‘Top 10’.

The release of Netflix’s all-time box-office films and works with the highest weekly viewing time is the result of actively responding to the demand for “transparency of streaming data”. “People want to know what it means to be successful in the streaming world,” said Pablo Perez Drosso, VP of Content Strategy at Netflix.

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