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Once rejected by Spanish TV, Money Heist is now the ‘most wanted’ series worldwide

As per statistics, India was the biggest market for the fan-favourite show that dropped on Netflix on September 3, with a bang.

Hia Datta
Sep 09, 2021
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Spanish crime drama Money Heist recently set digital streaming enthusiasts high on the ‘heist fever’. Thus, it is no surprise that the show, which premiered in 2017, is one of the most-watched non-English-language series.

However, did you know that the series was rejected by Spanish TV? That's right. Airing as La Casa De Papel on Antenna 3 in Spain, Money Heist was supposed to be a two-part 15-episode series. However, the viewership of the show drastically dropped, which forced the makers to call the show a 'flop.' That is till Netflix noticed the TV series, named it Money Heist, and worked on a season 3 with the case. The rest, now (the popularity of El Professor, Berlin, Tokyo, and the other characters on the show), is history.

The much-awaited Season 5 dropped on Netflix on September 3 and was nothing short of a carnival for the fans of the show. Some private companies in India even declared the day as a holiday.

Needless to say, the fans are on an emotional roller-coaster as they bid farewell to the riveting ride of the Professor and his gang of robbers trying their hand at two heists, one on the Royal mint of Spain and the other one on the Bank of Spain. The finale takes off from the point when inspector Alicia Sierra nabs Professor from his den as the gang is in the middle of a heist, all while mourning the death of Nairobi.

The semi-finale season of the show, which was nothing short of a celebration, has struck gold. It has been declared the biggest TV series in the world, according to Parrot Analytics. The company data revealed that the show is the most wanted (pun intended) series worldwide, across all streaming platforms. Ironically, it was a show that was rejected by its home audience - Spain.

Even before its Netflix release, the series clinched the top spot on September 2, a day before the final season dropped. The anticipation of the fans was calculated to be 78.9 times more than the demand for the average series globally. This shot up to a mind-blowing 122.6 times more than the average series with the new episodes streaming on Netflix. With celebrities in India joining the ‘Jaldi Aao Anthem’ and the mass hysteria for the show, the show being the most awaited in India comes as no surprise. However, Money Heist also found a huge market in the US and then, Spain.

The freshest season comprises 5 high-octane action-packed episodes, with the next five releasing on Netflix on December 3.

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