After a near-record run at the top of Netflix's US Top 10 list, pop culture smash 'Squid Game' has been bumped by another show

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  • "Squid Game" fell to second place on Netflix on Saturday as the third season of Netflix's "You" took the top spot.

  • The Korean drama about strangers competing in deadly children's games became Netflix's most-watched show globally.

  • The show fell five days short of the record for longest show to stay at number one on Netflix in the US.

Much like the infamous Korean death match itself, only one show can come out on top of Netflix's US Top 10 list. 

While "Squid Game" remained number one on the list for weeks, the hit Netflix television series fell to number two on Saturday after it was dethroned by the streaming platform's popular thriller series "You," fresh off its season 3 release.

The South Korean drama, which centers on a group of strangers competing in twisted and deadly children's games for a large cash prize, spent 24 days in the top spot for the streamer in the US. It fell short of the longest-reigning program on the streaming service, "Ginny & Georgia," which stayed at the top spot for 29 days in the US earlier this year. "Squid Game" does, however, set the record for a non-English program in the coveted spot.

Netflix's "You" - which is now in its third season and centers on a murderous couple raising a newborn son in the suburbs - clinched the top spot after premiering on Friday. 

"Squid Game," became Netflix's most watched showafter it premiered in September, drawing 111 million views. It snowballed into a global phenomenon, spawning viral memes, thousands of prank calls, a candy craze, pop-up stores, and even talks of developing of a real-life game.

Though the show lost its number one spot in the US, it remains at the top of Netflix's Top 10 in almost 50 countries, including the UK, France, Russia, and Hong Kong, according to the most recently released numbers shared on Friday. However, the show also lost its number one spot in its home country of South Korea, falling to fellow Korean show "Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha." 

"Squid Game" still remains number one for the streaming service globally at 24 days, behind the record set by Netflix's pandemic hit "Queen's Gambit," which earned the longest streak for number one worldwide earlier this year with a whopping 46 days. 

The show's high performance indicates promise for the streamer's investment strategy, which has involved leaning into international productions following the successes of shows like the Spanish series "Money Heist (La Casa de Papel)" and the French drama "Lupin." 

Meanwhile, a second season for "Squid Game" remains unconfirmed, though fans are speculating about a follow-up to the series' first season.

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