Although recently released, Bridgerton has easily overtaken the previous top spot holder, The Witcher, which received 76million streams in its first 28 days.
What an achievement! Bridgerton has been watched by a whopping 82million households worldwide in just a month, making it Netflix’s biggest show ever (Rege-Jean Page as Simon Bassett and Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton pictured)
Netflix’s head of drama Jinny Howe announced the impressive streaming numbers during an interview with Variety, adding that Bridgerton has made it into the top 10 list in every country except Japan.
Bridgerton had been expected to hit 63million households in its initial four-week projections, meaning it has smashed the target by an impressive 19m.
Netflix’s other hits including The Queen’s Gambit and Lupin have also received very healthy numbers following their launches, boasting 62m and 70m respectively, reports Deadline.
Reflecting on the timing of Bridgerton’s release amid the pandemic, head of drama Jinny said: ‘I do think that I am seeing a pivot in terms of people wanting things to feel a little more aspirational and just escapist and feel good.
Huge hit: The racy series, which was launched on Christmas Day, is now the streaming giant’s most watched show in 83 countries (Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte pictured)
‘It’s hard to know where we’ll be a couple years from now, but I think that this is going to be the trend for a while. I imagine it’s going to continue to go this blue sky, feel-good route.’
Netflix also celebrated the great streaming figures with a thank you montage of fans recreating their favourite bits from the show to Twitter.
It comes after the hit Regency drama was confirmed for a second series, this time following Anthony Bridgerton’s quest for love.
Family: The first series focussed on Daphne’s search for love while also introducing viewers to her siblings (pictured L-R: Florence Hunt as Hyacinth, Luke Newton as Colin, Ruth Gemmell as their mother Violet, Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne, Claudia Jessie as Eloise, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony, Will Tilson as Gregory and Luke Thompson as Benedict)
Netflix confirmed the news in a tongue-in-cheek statement penned as mysterious show lead Lady Whistledown.
The statement read: ‘The ton are abuzz with the latest gossip, and so it is my honour to impart to you: Bridgerton shall officially return for a second season. I do hope you have stored a bottle of ratafia for this most delightful occasion.
‘This author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season. I will have my pen to report on any and all of his romantic activities.
Racy: The first series boasted a selection of steamy scenes while Simon (played by Rege-Jean, pictured) and Daphne worked through their feelings for each other
Scandal: The ton’s antics were reported by the elusive Lady Whistledown (pictured Phoebe as Daphne and Ruth as Lady Violet)
‘However, gentle reader, before you set the comments section alight with requests for more sordid details, know that I am disinclined to report on the particulars at this time. Patience, after all, is a virtue. Yours Truly, Lady Whistledown.’
It is believed that the second season will begin production in spring, Netflix have yet to confirm which characters will be officially returning for series 2 or further details.
The first series had a strong focus on the love story of Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, played by Regé-Jean Page, and Daphne Bridgerton, played by Phoebe Dynevor.
The two characters start out as friends as a ploy to fool London’s elite and Lady Whistledown herself.
Yet after falling in love, Simon is forced to confront his inner demons after vowing to never marry or sire an heir to his dukedom out of spite to his late abusive father.
The first series did briefly touch on other stories, which included Anthony’s own turbulent romance with his opera singer lover Siena Rosso, played by Sabrina Bartlett. It is unknown whether Anthony and Siena will reunite in series 2.
Ready for more! The hit Regency drama, based on Julia Quinn’s novels, has already been confirmed for a second series, this time following Anthony Bridgerton’s quest for love (pictured Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury and Rege-Jean as Simon)