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‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Sets New Netflix Viewing Record in 28 Days

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  • Netflix’ new hit series The Queen’s Gambit has officially set a new record.
  • In 28 days, it gained 62 million household views. It’s also the #1 Netflix series in more than 60 countries.
  • Google searchers related to playing chess has likewise increased significantly.

Starring Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon, The Queen’s Gambit has risen to popularity that it actually managed to set a new record on Netflix. According to reports, the 7-episode mini series has attracted a record-setting 62 million household viewership in just 28 days. Furthermore, it ranked as the #1 Netflix series in 63 different countries.

The drama follows the story of Beth Harmon who finds out she has an “astonishing talent for chess and begins an unlikely journey to stardom while grappling with addiction,” the Netflix summary tells us.

It’s a certified smash hit!

Based on an original 1983 novel of the same title by author Walter Tevis, the series’ success has also sparked a massive interest in chess as a game. As Netflix shared on Twitter, Google searches for “how to play chess” actually “hit a nine-year peak.”

It has likewise boosted sales of the book that it “entered the New York Times bestseller list 37 years after its release.”

Over at Rotten Tomatoes, The Queen’s Gambit also received glowing reviews from fans and critics alike.

The Critics Consensus reads:

“Its moves aren’t always perfect, but between Anya Taylor-Joy’s magnetic performance, incredibly realized period details, and emotionally intelligent writing, The Queen’s Gambit is an absolute win.”

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“The Queen’s Gambit” was created for Netflix by Scott Frank and Allan Scott. Frank also worked as the series’ writer and director.

Other cast members include Bill Camp, Moses Ingram, Isla Johnston, Christiane Seidel, Rebecca Root, Chloe Pirrie, Akemnji Ndifornyen, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Marcin Dorociński.

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