‘Harry & Meghan’ Docuseries Breaks Major Streaming Record on Netflix This Week

Watch out, Wednesday, a new royal series may be coming for your crown.

It’s not even been a week since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s highly anticipated tell-all docuseries, Harry & Meghan, premiered on Netflix—and it’s already breaking major streaming records on the platform.

This week, the streaming service released a new report and revealed that Harry & Meghan garnered an astounding 81.55 million hours viewed after its official premiere last Thursday. And it doesn’t stop there: the report stated that more than 28 million households watched the first part of the series.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in their series 'Harry & Meghan.'
Courtesy of Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Aside from the massive numbers, why is this noteworthy? Because this makes the duke and duchess’s show the largest debut of a documentary in the history of Netflix. (NBD.)

Also, on Netflix’s top ten list of shows for the week, the royal docuseries came a close second to the Addams Family series Wednesday, which had more than 286.67 million hours viewed this week.

Just a month ago, we reported that the Tim Burton series debuted in the number one spot with a whopping 341.23 million hours viewed following its debut. Since then, the numbers have stayed strong, even with the arrival of Harry and Markle’s docuseries.

Wednesday became the most viewed English-language TV series on the platform for a single week—a record that was previously held by Stranger Things 4. The sci-fi series initially became the most-watched season of English-language TV in a single week, with an astonishing 335.01M hours viewed.

With the second part of the Harry & Meghan series set to release tomorrow, we simply can’t wait to see how well that performs too.

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Karelle McKay is the Assistant Editor of News and Entertainment at PureWow. Before she started writing about all things pop culture, she was a literal couch potato who loved...