Netflix announced that “A record 62 million households chose to watch The Queen’s Gambit in its first 28 days, making it Netflix’s largest scripted limited series to date.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms this record audience number, although it adds the caveat that Netflix counts views by measuring whether a member account watches at least two minutes of a series or movie – AKA a little more as the preview that automatically plays home page, where The queen’s gambit has been heavily promoted by Netflix.
But the series made waves online and among critics, who almost universally praised the miniseries starring Taylor-Joy as a chess prodigy in the 1960s, battling addiction and self-defeating behavior. Netflix also points out that the 1983 Walter Tevin novel about which The queen’s gambit is based again in the New York Times bestseller list, as people revive interest in chess for the first time in years.
More fun facts related to The Queen’s Gambit:
? The series was in the Top 10 in 92 countries and ranked # 1 in 63 countries
? The novel entered the New York Times bestseller list 37 years after its release
? Google searches for “How to play chess” hit nine-year high
– Netflix (@netflix) November 23, 2020
THR reports that in the United States, the series also made Nielsen’s streaming top 10, with Netflix users watching 551 million minutes of the show in its first three days of release. It is also enjoying unprecedented popularity abroad, making the Netflix Top 10 in 92 countries.
“I am both delighted and stunned by the response. It’s just way beyond anything any of us could have imagined, ”said the co-creator, showrunner and director. Scott Frank. “But speaking on behalf of my fellow producers and the entire cast and crew of the show, each of whom made me look better than I actually am, we are so grateful that so many people have took the time to watch our show. And we all can’t wait to bring you our next Yahtzee Limited Edition. ”
It’s kind of an unusual hit for Netflix, which typically sees its real-crime docuseries or genre shows become major hits (only King tiger keeps the most viewed record on The queen’s gambit, with 64 million views in the first 28 days).
Peter Friedlander, the Netflix executive who oversaw the series, attributes the series’ popularity to its universal themes of oppressed travel and passion for a profession (descriptions I’ve seen online comparing it to a sports anime confirm this. ).
“What Scott performed was phenomenal in terms of the precision of the craft, and yet at the heart of it all is this incredible character, played by the incomparable Anya Taylor-Joy,” Friedlander told THR. “His background as an outsider is what I think people really connect with. She has had challenges every step of the way, and yet she is incredibly determined, unique and unapologetic in her approach to life and who she is and who she wants to be. I think people have responded to rooting for it against all odds. There were other elements as well – the nostalgic feeling of time traveling and the escapist quality of that. At the same time, it is also a real sporting story. You want someone to win. ”
The queen’s gambit is currently streaming on Netflix.
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