The 8 Show hits Netflix Top 10 Non-English TV Shows chart for 3rd week

The 8 Show still a big hit on Netflix worldwide

The South Korean dark comedy thriller The 8 Show just hit the Netflix Top 10 Non-English TV Shows chart for the 3rd week, and in only a one place drop from where it stood last week.

According to the latest data from Netflix via their Tudum platform, The 8 Show is now the #2 most-watched non-English TV show on the streaming platform for the week of May 27th to June 2nd.

The K-drama earned the #2 spot after being viewed more than 2.8 million times during that period, and for a total number of hours viewed of 19.3 million.

It was also in the Top 10 in 29 countries.

It is the third week on the Netflix chart for the Korean psychological thriller, as it arrived in the #7 spot the week after it premiered, then jumped to the #1 spot the following week.

During the three weeks it has been on Netflix, The 8 Show has been viewed for more than 64.4 million hours.

Not bad for a drama some critics were calling “niche”, now is it?

International ratings for The 8 Show 

Interestingly, however, the show is not being rated well by international viewers who currently have the Korean drama ranked at a low 7.7 out of 10 on My Drama List, and an even lower 7.2 out of 10 on IMDB.

Even over on Rotten Tomatoes, critics are only giving The 8 Show a 67 percent rating, while viewers rate it even lower at 52 percent.

Odd ratings I have to say as, if you enjoy a psychological thriller with some very well-written plot twists and solid performances from its small cast, The 8 Show will deliver exactly what you want and more.

Then again, just to prove how inconsequential ratings actually are, you only have to see how successful the Korean drama has been on Netflix, eh?

The 8 Show stars the excellent ensemble cast of Ryu Jun Yeol, Chun Woo Hee, Park Jeong Min, Lee Yul Eum, Park Hae Joon, Lee Zoo Young, Moon Jeong Hee, and Bae Seong Wo.

The drama is based on the popular webtoons Money Game and Pie Game by Bae Jin Soo, with Netflix explaining the plot like this:

Eight down-on-their-luck strangers find themselves locked in a building where the longer they stay, the more money they make. While a massive countdown clock ticks, the contestants are tasked with earning as much money as possible.

The catch? To stay longer, they have to increase the time on the clock. But to do so, they have to figure out all the hidden rules of the game — before time runs out. 

All eight episodes of the Korean mini-drama are now streaming on Netflix.


About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered K-drama, K-pop, J-pop and music news for over a decade.