New 'deadly' horror series on track to become Netflix's most popular show, CEO says

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There’s a new disturbing show hitting Netflix, and it’s going to be big!

Co-CEO of the streaming service Ted Sarandos says the new Korean thriller series “Squid Game” has “a very good chance” of becoming Netflix’s most popular show, according to CNET.

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Sarandos, who is also head of content at Netflix, said at an LA conference on Monday that “there's a show on Netflix right now that is the No. 1 in the world, like everywhere in the world. It's called Squid Game. Squid Game will definitely be our biggest non-English language show in the world, for sure.”

The disturbing Korean miniseries is a nine-episode show about a fictional world where children’s games turn deadly, the outlet says. The series has already hit the number 1 spot on Netflix just four days after its release on September 17.

The show is not for the lighthearted. Watch the trailer HERE.

It centers around a tournament that tricks a financially vulnerable group of South Korean people into playing “deadly” children’s games.  Contestants can win up to 45 billion South Korean won, or 38 million US dollars, if they win, an amount of money that they need for survival.

By playing, however, contestants quickly learn that losing will cost them their lives. The “Hunger Games” style tournament involves bloody gunfire, obstacle courses that end in certain death, and barbaric fights for survival.

While Sarandos didn’t specify the metric used to judge the show’s success, Netflix traditionally ranks show popularity by how many people watch for at least two minutes in the first 28 days of release. By this metric, “Squid Game” will overtake Bridgerton as the Netflix’s most popular series, according to CNET.

On Tuesday, Netflix released its top-10 series of all time by total view hours in the first 28 days:

1.  Bridgerton, season 1 (625 million hours)
2.  Money Heist, part 4 – (619 million hours)
3.  Stranger Things 3 – (582 million hours)
4.  The Witcher, season 1 – (541 million hours)
5.  13 Reasons Why, season 2 – (496 million hours)
6.  13 Reasons Why season 1 – (476 million hours)
7.  You season 2 – (457 million hours)
8.  Stranger Things 2 -- 427 million hours
9.  Money Heist, part 3 -- 426 million hours
10. Ginny & Georgia, season 1 -- 381 million hours

"Squid Game" stars Korean actors Park Hae Soo, Wi Ha-joon, HoYeon Jung, Lee Jung-jae, Gong Yoo, and Heo Sung-tae. It was created by Hwang Dong-hyuk.

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