‘The Crown’ Dethroned In Netflix’s Top 10 List By A New Show

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Alright so I may be a day or two late for this, but it was a holiday! Anyway, it seems like families over Thanksgiving in the US were more interested in watching the non-death competition of Squid Games: The Challenge on Netflix than they were The Crown, which has quickly dropped way down the Top 10 list after its station at number one for a good long while.

Yes, the show everyone thought was a stupid idea and would be terrible, is in fact terrible, but people are watching all the same. Such is the nature of reality television, I suppose. The show is releasing episodes over time, like most of Netflix’s reality competition shows. It began with Red Light, Green Light, just like the show, though some contestants have now complained over serious injury from that game after the fact.

The Squid Game reality show has added new games past the ones we’ve seen on the show, all being pretty low stakes as they head toward a $4.56 million dollar prize. Given that this show is already doing well, even if it’s more expensive than some of Netflix’s other reality features, I am more than willing to be that it will get a second season. And almost certainly before Squid Game itself gets a second season. Even if it’s #1, it’s viewership numbers are no doubt fractional compared to the main show.

After that, we have A Nearly Normal Family, a Swedish thriller which is interesting because you only rarely see foreign thrillers up this high on the charts. It has an 89% audience score and of course, only 2 critic reviews, both positive, because who needs to review Netflix’s second most popular show in the country, right?

Number three is yet another show Netflix has landed the license to, Young Sheldon, the long-running CBS prequel comedy that apparently a lot of Netflix viewers are eager to watch now that it’s on the service. Number four is another licensed series, First Wives Club. Finaly at #5 we get to The Crown where the first half of its sixth season has dropped way, way down the list pretty fast here. The second half is coming down the road, and hopefully it will be better than the first, which was deeply terrible. At least I got to make a “The Crown, Dethroned” headline here.

We have two stand-up comedians in the bottom five, Matt Rife and Mike Birbiglia. The docuseries Escpaing Twin Flames is #10, All the Light We Cannot See is #7, both former #1s. A newcomer is My Demon, a Korean series rolling out slowly as many of Netflix’s Korean series do due to some sort of licensing thing.

I’m not going to watch the Squid Game thing. I’m not. Probably not. Maybe not.

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