“Queen’s Gambit” has set a record as the most-viewed Scripted Limited series on Netflix so far – the show has been launched on 62 million members’ accounts in the first 28 days, according to the company.
There is a caveat though: the way Netflix reports viewing depends on how many viewers a piece of content lasts at least two minutes, which is different than what viewers measure in the TV industry. And the streamer cherry-picks that are at its core decide to fight the proprietary metric.
Netflix is proud of the success of “The Queen’s Gambit” and says that the show has topped 92 countries and topped 63 countries, including the United States, Argentina, Israel and South Africa.
“Queen’s Gambit” premiered on Netflix worldwide on October 23. Seven-episode limited series star Anya Taylor-Joy with Merrill Heller, Thomas Brody-Sangster, Musa Ingram, Harry Mailing and Bill Camp.
For now, “Waiter” Season 1 remains the biggest series overall in Netflix’s first 28-day window, with 76 million households choosing the title, based on at least a two-minute minimum viewing method (which the company introduced in the fourth quarter of 2019). Meanwhile, according to Netflix, in the first month of the release of the document-series “Tiger King”, samples were created in the accounts of million4 million members.
“When Scott Frank first came to us three years ago to adapt the book ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ – Walter Tevez’s 1983 young chess book – we felt it was an interesting story,” said Peter Friedlander, Netflix VP of the original series Wrote. “But I don’t think any of us could have predicted that ‘Queen’s Gambit’ – and the extraordinary other Taylor-Joy would turn out to be a worldwide event today, or our biggest limited-scripted series.”
Currently, “The Queen’s Gambit” has an impressive 100% critical score on Rotten Tomatoes, and an average audience score of 96%.
Scott Frank played the roles of co-producer, executive producer, writer, director and shorner. “The Queen’s Gambit” is the executive of William Herberg (“The Talented Mr. Ripley”) and Alan Scott (“Don’t Watch Now”), who is also the co-producer of the series.
The upcoming-age story “discovers the real cost of the genius”, according to the show’s summary. Leaving and handing over the Kentucky Orphanage in the late 50s, a Beth Harmon (Taylor-Joy) discovers a wonderful talent for chess – while developing an addiction to state-provided tranquilizers for children. Spooky by her personal monsters and driven by cocktails of drugs and obsessions, Beth is determined to conquer the traditional theatrical boundaries established in the world inhabited by competitive chess men by transforming them into an influential, skilled and glamorous outlet.