So many people have tuned in to “Squid Game,” the nine-episode Korean drama that premiered on Sept. 17, that Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos thinks the streaming service will be the real winner at the end of the competition with “Squid Game” as its most popular series ever.

“We did not see that coming, in terms of its global popularity,” Sarandos said Monday at Vox Media’s Code Conference.

Sarandos declined to give any specific metrics on viewership, as is the Netflix way, but said “Squid Game” is expected to overtake “Bridgerton,” Shonda Rhimes’ smutty regal drama that premiered last year.

According to Netflix, which, again, does not regularly release viewership metrics, 82 million accounts have watched at least two minutes of “Bridgerton.”

It’s unclear how many actually finished.

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Tribune Wire

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