This Show Just Became Netflix Most Watched Scripted Limited Series

Brenda Watkins
November 24, 2020

"I don't think any of us could have predicted that The Queen's Gambit - and the extraordinary Anya Taylor-Joy - would become the global phenomena they are today", says Peter Friedlander, Netflix Vice President of Original Series. "The Queen's Gambit" is executive produced by William Horberg ("The Talented Mr. Ripley") and Allan Scott ("Don't Look Now"), who is also a co-creator of the series. Netflix also points out that Walter Tevin's 1983 novel upon which The Queen's Gambit is based has re-entered the New York Times bestsellers list, while people are showing a renewed interest in chess for the first time in years.

According to the company, 62 million households watched the show in its first 28 days of release. Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late '50s, a young Beth Harmon (Taylor-Joy) discovers an astonishing talent for chess - while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. The Witcher, which is now shooting its second season, remains the service's biggest debut for an original series overall, bringing in 76 million households in that same timeframe. This is no surprise considering the stir that The Queen's Gambit has caused online, where it has become a major water cooler series for the streamer.

Because Netflix uses a more relaxed standard for calculating viewers (the household only needs to watch for 2 minutes), the figure is not comparable to a traditional TV rating. That's not all though, the show also made Netflix's top 10 in 92 countries and ranked #1 in 63 countries.

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"I am both delighted and dazed by the response. And we look forward to bringing you our Yahtzee limited series next".

People have become seemingly obsessed with chess ever since the debut of The Queen's Gambit.

Netflix isn't required to disclose their viewership numbers and tends to only do so when the numbers are exceptional, meaning its not possible to say what the other top-viewed limited series are. She had challenges every step of the way, and yet she's this incredibly determined, unique and unapologetic in approaching life and who she is and who she wants to be.

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