November 26 ------ After setting a record in its first month on the air, “The Queen’s Gambit” has undoubtedly taken over the streaming world by storm. “A record-setting 62 million households chose to watch ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ in its first 28 days, making it Netflix’s biggest scripted limited series to date,” the streaming service announced on Twitter earlier today, Nov. 24.
The previous record, set at 27 days, was held by “Tiger King,” according to a report by Forbes on Nov. 14. “The Queen’s Gambit,” based on the 1983 novel of the same name penned by Walter Tevis, was released on Oct. 23. “The Queen’s Gambit” tells the story of orphan chess prodigy Beth Harmon, who is played by Anya Taylor-Joy in the show set in the 1950s to 1960s. Harmon attempts to claim the title of World Champion while dealing with addiction to tranquilizers and alcohol, and her troubled past.
Since its release, the show has made it to the Top 10 of 92 countries while it ranked number one in 63, according to the streaming platform. Due to the show’s growing fame, it has also inspired interest both in the classic board game and the book it was based on. The said novel has entered the bestseller list of The New York Times 37 years after its release while Google searches for “How to play chess” have hit a nine-year peak.