‘Squid Game,’ ‘King’s Affection,’ ‘Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha’ top Netflix’s weekly ranking

Published November 17, 2021, 3:41 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

Three Korean dramas have led Netflix’s weekly global top 10 of the most watched non-English shows on the platform.

For the period Nov. 8 to 14, the global top three non-English shows on Netflix are “Squid Game,” “The King’s Affection” and “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha.”

(Clockwise from top left) “Squid Game,” “The King’s Affection” and “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” (Netflix, KBS, tvN)

Netflix has started publishing the weekly most watched shows and films, “ranked by hours viewed per title, i.e. the total number of hours members spent watching a season of a series or film (including the three times you watched that scene in Sex Life).”

“We measure hours viewed over the course of a week, starting on Monday and ending on Sunday with the lists being published on Tuesday,” according to Netflix.

Netflix’s weekly global top 10 rankings are grouped into four: films (English), TV (English), films (non-English), and TV (non-English). For each list, the number of hours viewed per week is shown.

For the period Nov. 8 to 14, here are the global top 10 shows (non-English) on Netflix:

1. “Squid Game: Season 1” – 42,790,000 (hours viewed for the week)

2. “The King’s Affection: Season 1” – 14,120,000

3. “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: Season 1” – 13,820,000

4. “Carinha de Anjo: Season 1” -13,660,000

5. “My Name: Season 1” – 10,820,000

6. “Where is Marta?: Limited Series” – 8,640,000

7. “The Five Juanas: Season 1” – 8,490,000

8. “The Club: Part 1” – 7,860,000

9. “Yo soy Betty, la fea: Season 1” – 7,650,000

10. “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Tanjiro Kamado, Unwavering Resolve Arc” – 6,060,000

Netflix revealed that “Squid Game” has been watched 1.65 billion hours in its first 28 days since its release on Sept. 17. This made “Squid Game” Netflix’s most watched show of all time.

Last month, Netflix announced that 142 million household viewers watched “Squid Game” in its first four weeks.

“Squid Game” stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Jung Ho-yeon, O Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi, Kim Joo-ryoung and Wi Ha-joon about 456 debt-ridden people who join deadly games to win a prize amounting to 45.6 billion won (about $38.8 million).

“The King’s Affection,” which also airs on KBS, stars Park Eun-bin, SF9’s Rowoon, Nam Yoon-su and Choi Byung-chan.

“Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” stars Shin Min-a and Kim Seon-ho. It aired its last episode on tvN on Oct. 17 and is available on Netflix.

The global top 10 shows (English) on Netflix for the period Nov. 8 to 14 are:

1. “Narcos: Mexico: Season 3” – 50,290,000 (hours viewed for the week)

2. “Arcane: Season 1” – 34,170,000

3. “You: Season 3” – 33,720,000

4. “Maid: Limited Series” – 29,480,000

5. “Big Mouth: Season 5” – 25,390,000

6. “Dynasty: Season 4” – 21,020,000

7. “Locke & Key: Season 2” – 18,770,000

8. “Narcos: Mexico: Season 1” – 15,570,000

9. “You: Season 2” – 15,520,000

10. “You: Season 1” – 14,570,000

Most Popular TV (Non-English). The Top 10 most popular TV (Non-English), based on hours viewed in their first 28 days on Netflix (Photo from Netflix)