Dearest readers, we've got some exciting news that would make even Lady Whistledown giddy with excitement.
Only a few weeks after confirming a season two renewal of Bridgerton, Netflix revealed that the period drama is now their most-watched new series ever—and by a very wide margin. According to Deadline, a record 82 million households have already watched season one of the Shondaland series. In response to the great news, Netflix showed their gratitude on social media by sharing a fun montage of fan reactions and cast interviews. On Instagram, they wrote, "Thank you for making @Bridgertonnetflix the most-watched series debut in Netflix history."
In the comments, the Shondaland account wrote, "The news has rendered this author speechless and so very grateful." Actress Nicola Coughlan, who plays Penelope Featherington, also said, "Thank you so much to everyone who watched now please excuse me while I [explode]."
Earlier this month, the platform's projected viewership for Bridgerton was 63 million households within four weeks, which would land it in the fifth spot of Netflix's most-watched shows. However, it turns out they were off by a whopping 19 million. And now, the steamy series has replaced the previous number-one show, The Witcher, which holds the second spot at 76 million views in four weeks.
Inspired by Julia Quinn’s novel series of the same name, the show centers on Daphne Bridgerton, an elite family member who searches for true love while navigating a competitive marriage market in Regency London. When Bridgerton got renewed for a second season, creator Chris Van Dusen credited the show's escapist drama for its groundbreaking success.
In a statement, he revealed, "I think the show really provides an incredible escape for audiences at a time where that’s exactly what’s needed. Bridgerton is this lavish, vibrant, steamy Regency love story; it is about romance, love and joy; I think all of those things are really universal themes people are responding to."
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