Bridgerton Could Become Netflix's Top Watched Show After Witcher - Newslibre

Bridgerton Could Become Netflix’s Top Watched Show After Witcher

Netflix says it has a new most-watched series in Bridgerton — although The Witcher might still have a claim to that throne as well.

The streamer had earlier estimated that 63 million member accounts would check out the Shonda Rhimes-produced period drama over its first 28 days of release. (Netflix counts a view as someone watching at least two minutes of a series or film.)

Now that 28 days have actually passed since the show’s Dec. 25 premiere, however, that projection turned out to be way off: Netflix says 82 million member households have viewed the show, the most since it switched to the two-minute standard in late 2019. It surpasses the prior record of 76 million views in 28 days for The Witcher.

Bridgerton is an American streaming television period drama series created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes. It is based on Julia Quinn’s novels set in the competitive world of Regency-era London’s Ton during the season when debutantes are presented at court.

Bridgerton premiered on Netflix on December 25, 2020. The eight-episode first season was met with positive reviews. With a viewership of 82 million households, it has become the most-watched series on Netflix. In January 2021, the series was renewed for a second season.

Bridgerton plot

Set between 1813 and 1827, the Bridgerton Series is a collection of eight novels, each featuring one of the eight children of the late Viscount Bridgerton: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth.

The drama centers on the Bridgerton family: Violet, Dowager Viscountess Bridgerton; her four sons, Anthony, Benedict, Colin and Gregory and her four daughters, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca and Hyacinth. Also featured are the Featheringtons: Portia, Lady Featherington; her husband the Baron; their three daughters, Philippa, Prudence and Penelope; and their cousin Marina Thompson.

Each episode includes narration by actress Julie Andrews, who voices the anonymous and ever-scandalous newsletter columnist known as Lady Whistledown. As eldest daughter Daphne Bridgerton enters her first season with Queen Charlotte’s favour, she meets Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Despite being encouraged by his mentor, Lady Danbury, the Duke is determined not to marry.

Bridgerton on its way to becoming top watched Netflix show

The Netflix series has hit iconic status becoming a popular household title for many. Since its December 2020 release, it’s become the most popular show in the platform’s history in a few short weeks and has already secured a second season.

The romantic comedy-drama has also gathered legions of devoted followers who find delight in the show’s portrayal of a bygone British era.

“Romance is having a moment. It’s trendy to swoon,” Tessa Dare, a bestselling author of historical romance, told CNN. She says it’s been thrilling to watch “Bridgerton” become a worldwide phenomenon and prove what millions of romance readers already know: These kinds of stories are for everyone.
“Love, sex, and relationships are universally compelling themes,” Dare said.
“The past year has been so difficult for everyone. Collectively, we needed a mass infusion of joy,” Dare says. “If the world can agree on nothing else, at least 63 million households can celebrate the Duke of Hastings’ perfectly arched eyebrow.”
Romance has definitely become the new cool thing, given the status of the world with the current pandemic. People have taken a liking to the Bridgerton series since it offers a fresh feeling to romantic comedy and drama all in one.
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Author: Allan Bangirana

Allan Bangirana has a taste for all kinds of topics and usually writes about tech, entertainment, sports and community projects that make a difference in society.

He writes for Newslibre and Spur Magazine. He is also the co-founder of the Innovware project and a freelance consultant passionate about technology and web.

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