The show – a prequel to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – was streamed by 48 million households over the first 28 days after its launch.
Although Ratched landed on the platform on September 18, the series still ranked in the top spot across September 14 to 20.
Despite not being available for the whole week, the show was watched for 972 million minutes by the end of that time period.
The Witcher still holds the record for Netflix’s best debut of all time, after being watched in 76 million homes after its arrival in December 2019.
Ratched fans will be delighted to know Sarah Paulson will be returning as Nurse Mildred for a second series, after it was commissioned for two seasons back in 2017.
However, even the cast themselves are in the dark about what a second season will look like, and it seems creator Ryan Murphy has been keeping his cards close to his chest.
Sarah recently told Variety: ‘Nobody knows anything about season 2 because Ryan, with the number of things he has going on, who’s to know when that’s all going to begin?
‘And you throw in the pandemic and then we think well who knows?’
The show focuses on the origin story of Mildred Ratched after she arrived at a leading experimental psychiatric hospital in 1947.
Although she appears to be a perfect nurse, there is a inner darkness which starts to transform her into the villain seen in Ken Kesey’s original 1962 novel.
Paulson has earned high praise for her performance in the series, with co-star Cynthia Nixon recently delving into the twisted character.
She told The Sun’s TV Mag: ‘What we see in Sarah’s performance is somebody who has had horrific things happen to her. Somebody with less strength may not have made it.
‘What her Nurse Ratched is able to do is to take these terrible traumas that happened to her, compartmentalize them and keep moving forward.
‘So she can be ruthless, but she can also be shy and fragile. She can be incredibly sexually aggressive, or she can be very frightened when someone just touches her hand. I think that’s what we do if we want to survive.’
Ratched is available to stream on Netflix now.
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