Netflix miniseries The Queen’s Gambit has damaged the document for most-watched restricted scripted sequence on the platform.
The hit sequence follows Anya Taylor-Pleasure’s orphan chess prodigy Beth Harmon, and in addition stars Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling and Invoice Camp.
The present premiered precisely one month in the past (October 23) on the streaming platform, and has since been watched by 62 million accounts, making it the largest restricted present in Netflix historical past.
Nonetheless, it’s value noting that Netflix measures views based mostly on two minutes of watching time, as in comparison with how the broader TV business does metrics.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster alongside Anya Taylor-Pleasure in Netflix drama ‘The Queen’s Gambit’. Credit score: Netflix
The Queen’s Gambit isn’t the largest opening for a Netflix present ever, nonetheless, with The Witcher breaking that document after 76 million accounts watched the show in its first month earlier this 12 months.
Netflix VP of authentic sequence Peter Friedlander wrote in a blog post: “Three years in the past when Scott Frank (Godless) first approached us about adapting The Queen’s Gambit – Walter Tevis’ 1983 ebook a few younger chess prodigy – we felt it was a compelling story.
“Beth is an underdog who faces dependancy, loss and abandonment. Her success – towards the chances – speaks to the significance of perseverance, household, and discovering, and staying true to, your self.
“Nonetheless, I don’t assume any of us may have predicted that The Queen’s Gambit – and the extraordinary Anya Taylor-Pleasure – would turn into the worldwide phenomena they’re as we speak, or our largest restricted scripted sequence ever.”
Within the wake of the The Queen’s Gambit‘s success, there was a huge surge in chess set sales, in line with eBay.
Writing in a three-star review of the series, NME stated: “Beth’s experiences as an addict and a lady on the planet of chess could also be new floor for tv, however Frank and co-creator Allan Scott do little to deal with evolving attitudes round such themes, focusing as a substitute on a likeable lead.
“Taylor-Pleasure embodies the stylish, placid poster woman effortlessly together with her orb-like eyes and swan-like posture. As an addict nonetheless she’s nonetheless proven to be glamorous, shifting lucidly round kitsch interiors whereas ingesting from a bottle as if in a music video.”