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Fake heiress drama Inventing Anna tops Netflix ratings.

Since the service implemented a new ratings system last summer, Inventing Anna has racked up the most viewing hours for an English-language series in a week.

Julia Garner (Ozark) plays fictitious heiress Anna Sorokin in the nine-part series.

It received 196 million hours of viewing last week, up from 77 million hours on the weekend of its premiere on February 11.

The previous high was 179 million hours in October for the psychological thriller show You, which was in its third season.

The Witcher, Maid, and Sex Education are the next three most popular English-language series.

However, Netflix’s most-watched show overall is Squid Game, a Korean-language survival drama that peaked at about 572 million hours in a single season.

All of Us Are Dead, a South Korean drama, and Money Heist, a Spanish criminal drama, have racked up 236 million and 202 million hours, respectively.

Inventing Anna is based on a New York magazine investigation of Sorokin, who pretended to be a wealthy European heiress under the name Anna Delvey.

In actuality, she was found guilty of defrauding friends, hotels, and banks of large sums of money, and was sentenced to prison in 2019 on several fraud counts.

The series follows Vivian Kent, a tenacious journalist played by Anna Chlumsky, on her quest for the truth.

Producer/screenwriter Shonda Rhimes and her firm Shondaland, the creators of Bridgerton, Grey’s Anatomy, and Scandal, have recreated the strange-but-true story.

Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), Arian Moayed (Succession), and Terry Kinney round out the cast (Billions).

While the show has been well-received by viewers, it has also sparked debate after real-life journalist Rachel DeLoache Williams, who is played by Katie Lowes, criticized the show’s “shocking” portrayal of her.

Williams met Sorokin while working as a photojournalist for Vanity Fair. She spoke out against the show’s “destructive half-truths” and said it produced “problematic” empathy for a “sociopathic, egotistical, confirmed criminal” in an interview with her old publication.

Williams, who was duped out of $62,000 (£45,500) by Sorokin, stated, “Having had a front-row seat for far too long, I’ve studied the way a con works more than anyone has to.” “You’re watching the show but not paying attention to what’s being sold.”

Sorokin, who is now detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), objected to Williams’ “flexible moral standards” and “blatant hypocrisy” on Instagram.

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