Ever since the launch of its first season on Christmas Day, Bridgerton has been the TV series on everyone’s lips, with viewers transfixed by the portrayal of Regency-era London in the period drama.
As a show filled with romance and suspense – and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes to boot – it should come as no surprise that it would be watched by millions of people across the world.
But if you were to take a look at the actual numbers, you may find yourself swooning with shock over the incredible amount of people who have been tuning in to watch Daphne Bridgerton and the Duke of Hastings carry out their ruse.
Less than two weeks after its release, Netflix stated that Bridgerton is expected to reach more than 63 million households within four weeks.
This would make it the streaming platform’s fifth biggest original series ever launched.
Bridgerton became the number one show in 76 countries on Netflix following its release, Bloomberg reported.
According to Variety, Netflix claimed that throughout December and the festive period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the firm achieved its most views ever for the final month and week of the year.
However, it must be noted that Netflix counts anyone who watches at least two minutes of a programme as a viewer.
So even if you only watched the first two minutes of Bridgerton, you will have been counted as a viewer for that episode.
Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan, who plays Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton, celebrated the announcement of the series reaching more than 60 million households on Twitter.
‘I cannot believe this, I’m blown away thank you, thank you, thank you,’ she said in response to the news, before adding: ‘63 Million is like….I don’t even understand that as a number.’
During a recent interview on BBC Breakfast, Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page, who plays the enigmatic and charming duke in the drama, compared the romance in the show to ‘aggressive’ dating on Tinder.
‘The joy of the dances of this is that it’s a little bit like Regency Tinder,’ he said.
‘There’s some aggressive swiping left going on but also it’s the only place where people are allowed to be intimate with each other and be very honest with each other even though you’re in the view of the whole of society so there’s some real push and pull.’
Bridgerton is available to watch on Netflix.
Credit: Original article published here.