Bridgerton Drama: Biggest series ever From Netflix
Bridgerton stars have thanked fans. This is after Netflix announced that the show had become its “biggest series ever”.
The streaming giant said 82 million households around the world tuned into the show. In its first 28 days online, surpassing the firm’s own projections. The show hit the number one spot in 83 countries, including the US, UK, India, France and Brazil.
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. But it was Page and Dynevor’s depictions of the Duke and Duchess’s tumultuous relationship that catapulted them to fame. Also, their raunchy sex scenes raised some eyebrows.
Regé-Jean Page, whose performance as the Duke of Hastings won him fans around the world, also celebrated the news.
Executive producer Shonda Rhimes was widely praised for her “color-blind casting.” With black actors in historical roles traditionally filled by white actors.
The previous record for the most-watched debut series was the fantasy drama The Witcher. Watched by 76 million households in its first 28 days according to Netflix.
Jinny Howe, vice-president of original series at Netflix, said Bridgerton “defies tradition. Thus, demonstrating that period dramas have no limitation in scope or audience”. “The empowerment of people of colour and women made Bridgerton feel accessible and contemporary. Thus, resonating with audiences all around the world,” she wrote in a blog post.
Netflix has renewed Bridgerton for a second sason.