The Queen's Gambit sets new Netflix viewing record

The 1960s-set miniseries has proved immensely popular with subscribers. 

The Queen’s Gambit has now become Netflix’s most-watched limited series ever. 

The acclaimed chess drama was viewed by 62 million households within the first 28 days of its release which is a new record for the streaming giant. 

A household is counted as a viewer by Netflix if they watch more than two minutes of a programme.

Based on Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel of the same name, it follows fictional chess prodigy Beth Harmon (Anna Taylor-Joy) as she rises to become an unlikely champion of the sport whilst battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Directed by Scott Frank, who’s also responsible for the Netflix miniseries Godless, it also stars Thomas Brodie Sangster, Harry Melling, Moses Ingram, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd and Bill Camp.

The hit miniseries has also reportedly caused a huge surge of interest in the game of chess. 

Netflix’s official Twitter account says that Google searches for “How To Play Chess” have hit a nine-year peak and Ebay UK has seen an almost 300% increase in searches for chess sets. 

“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, or our biggest limited scripted series ever,” Netflix’s president of original series Peter Friedlander wrote in a recent blog post.

You can stream The Queen’s Gambit in its entirety on Netflix now. 

Source: Radio Times

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