Netflix has announced that Shondaland’s period romance series Bridgerton has become the streaming services most watched Original ever with a record 82 million households viewing (or partially viewing) the show in its first 28 days.
The streaming service had projected 61 million viewers for Bridgerton, but it comfortably surpassed that number and topped the fantasy series The Witcher (76 million views in 28 days) to set a new record.
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— Netflix (@netflix) January 27, 2021
It’s worth noting that while more subscribers watched Bridgerton than any other series, The Witcher still holds the crown when it comes to total percentage of subscribers, having been viewed by 46% of subscribers at the time of launch (76 million from 167 million total) compared to Bridgerton’s 41% (82 million from 200 million total).
However, there can be no doubt that the series – based on the novels of Julia Quinn – has quickly become a pop culture phenomenon, and it is no wonder that Netflix wasted absolutely no time in renewing the show for a second season last week.