Why is ‘Squid Game’ more popular than ‘Bridgerton’?
Building on its solid original launch, the Korean Netflix hit series Squid Game about four hundred 456 people who are lured into playing (magnificent) deadly versions of children’s games now stands as the streaming giant’s most-watched show debut ever. They reached 111 million accounts less than a month after release.
Clearly, Squid Game surpasses the period hit romance Bridgerton. In Bridgerton’s in its first four weeks was sampled by 82 million accounts. On Tuesday, Netflix announced with a montage from the show offering a “heartfelt thanks” to viewers for making it “our biggest series launch ever!”
Platforms are blatantly giving us countless titles to choose from. It ensures there’s something for everyone but it’s often difficult to choose what to see first and decide which shows ought to be ranked “higher” or “lower.” We’re not going to get into the tedious technicalities of making a show better than another, but it’s fun talking about, right? Curious to know why Squid Game is more popular than Bridgerton?
Hundreds of cash-strapped players take an invitation to compete in children’s games. There’s a far too tempting prize awaiting them inside, but the stakes are deadly high (because it just wouldn’t be a game if they weren’t). Squid Game is a survival game that has a great 45.6 billion-won prize at stake. Way to use popular children’s games!
Squid Game & Bridgerton can obviously stand on their own but it’s interesting to see how they compare with one another. How does Bridergon hold up to Squid Game and why?
Bridgerton tells us the story of Daphne Bridgerton, the oldest daughter of the prestigious Bridgerton family. She makes her debut in Regency London’s competitive marriage market. Aiming to follow in her parents’ footsteps and find a match coined by true love, Daphne’s prospects seemed unrivaled.
Her older brother is beginning to rule out her potential suitors. The high society trickery sheet penned by the strange Lady Whistledown casts aspersions on Daphne. The story has its characters in flourishing battles of wits while navigating society’s expectations for their future.
Squid Game is Netflix’s first Korean original series to top their consumer-facing Top 10 popularity chart. The show was also on track to be the streaming giant’s biggest non-English series of all time, beating Money Heist. The runners of Netflix are sure the show will go down as “a very good chance it’s going to be our biggest show ever.”
Lupin takes third place, sampled by 76 million accounts. Season 1 of The Witcher reached 76 million accounts, Sex/Life season 1 reached 67 million accounts and Stranger Things season 3 with 67 million falls out of the Top5
Bridgerton stretched to 82 million households amid its debut. While still taking home a great readership, it’s 30 million shy of Squid Game. Per the BBC, Netflix accounts are seen as “anyone who’s watched two minutes of an episode.”
In conjunction with another impressive statistic about Squid Game, Netflix has reported that the show leads the charts in over eighty countries, t0o. Normally, Netflix doesn’t show the habit of sharing viewership numbers but certainly does when the show has significance. Squid Game has surely been great for them.
According to Deadline, the show’s “momentum speaks to a growing interest in non-English language content among viewers; see French show Lupin, which is the third most-watched series on Netflix. The world’s most popular streaming platform announced plans in February to spend $500 million in 2021 on series and films produced in South Korea,” stated by Guardian reporter Agence France-Presse.
Which show is your favorite between Squid Game and Bridgerton? Could Bridgerton ever top Squid Game? Share your thoughts in the comments!