households around the world tuned into the show in its first 28 days online, surpassing the company’s
The number is six million higher than the previous record-holder “The Witcher,”
which earned 76 million households over its first 28 days. All of these numbers are straight from
Netflix and are not verified by outside parties.
“Bridgerton” was watched by 82 million households out of the total 200 million Netflix subscriber
base, the company announced at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020 subscribers.
The “Bridgerton” number is 41 percent of the total Netflix subscriber number. Other big recent Netflix hits
include “Lupin” (70M) and “The Queen’s Gambit” (62M).
The film was welcomed globally as many fans turned to the show at the end of a year marked by
coronavirus. The film series was adapted from a series of historical romance novels by author
Julia Quinn, the drama follows members of the Bridgerton family as they navigate London’s high
society in the 1800s. Director Shonda Rhimes was widely praised for her “colour-blind casting”
which put black actors in roles traditionally done by white actors.
Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor described the news as “utterly insane”.
“I’m SO proud of the incredible team behind this show!
And thank you guys for loving it,” the 25-year-old actor, who played Daphne Bridgerton, wrote on Instagram.
The previous record for the most-watched debut series on the platform was held by fantasy drama
The Witcher, which Netflix said was watched by 76 million households in its first 28 days.
Jinny Howe, vice-president of original series at Netflix, said Bridgerton “defies tradition, and demonstrates
that period dramas are not limited in scope or audience”.
“The empowerment of people of color and women made Bridgerton feel accessible and contemporary,
resonating with audiences all around the world,” she wrote in a blog post.