Squid Game may have set a lot of records on Netflix, including being its most-watched original series by a wide margin with 111 million viewers tuning into at least some part of it, but it is going to fall short of a different record.
As of today, Squid Game has been knocked out of the #1 spot in Netflix’s Top 10 list in the US, meaning it hasn’t broken Ginny and Georgia’s record which ended at 29 days. Best I can tell, I believe Squid Game hit 24 days. That is, however, a record for a non-English show on the service by far.
So, what dethroned Squid Game? That would be the third season of You, the series that Netflix bought from lifetime after season 1 performed so well a few years back, and now it’s returned for its third outing starring Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti as a murderous suburban couple with a new baby.
You season 3 only debuted yesterday, meaning it has rocked to that #1 spot almost instantly. This is kind of interesting considering that while You certainly is a popular Netflix series, it’s not popular enough to break into Netflix’s lifetime top 10 list that Squid Game now sits atop. So for it to come in and instantly unseat Squid Game like this is actually very impressive, and shows that interest may be snowballing for the series over time. With this kind of performance, it’s no wonder that season 4 of You has already been greenlit, and that was the case before season 3 even aired.
How is Squid Game doing in the rest of the world? The last data we have is from yesterday, so we don’t have a full picture of what other regions might have propelled You to the top. But from what we can tell, it remains the top show in the vast, vast majority of countries around the world, though Maid, in particular, is starting to break through, grabbing a few #1 spots in Central American countries specifically. Another South Korean show, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, is now #1 in Vietnam, Thailand and even South Korea itself, meaning Squid Game’s home country has more or less all seen the show by now and is moving on, it seems.
We will see how You performs over the next week or so, and how long it manages to stay in that top spot. My guess would be quite a while, as it’s a hugely popular series for Netflix, even outside of its overall top 10, and from what I’ve seen this season so far (5 episodes in) I don’t think this new entry will disappoint fans.
As for Squid Game, it will continue adding to its massive total as the rest of the globe catches up with the smash hit. We have still no official word on season 2, though it’s a given at this point, and no doubt the details are simply being worked out with all parties, who can now probably command quite the asking price.