Since airing at Christmas, Bridgerton has had an incredible run at the top of the most-watched Netflix charts. The Shonda Rhimes-produced drama, based on the best-selling novels by Julia Quinn, has wowed viewers with its excellent production and cheeky storytelling.
There is no doubt that the first season was very popular, but now Netflix has given the public a sense of just how big a success it was.
A recently released ranking of the streaming provider’s most popular series of all time shows that “Bridgerton” has already ranked remarkably high.
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As outlets like Decider report, Netflix has revealed its top five most-watched original series of all time. Not even two weeks after its premiere, Bridgerton season 1 is already in fifth place with 63 million views so far. Needless to say, fans don’t have to worry about the chances of a second season.
Ahead of the series (for now) are a number of series that should be familiar to the Netflix faithful.
They are, in ascending order and with viewership numbers for the first four weeks: Tiger King with 64 million, Stranger Things with 64 million, Money Heist with 65 million, and The Witcher with a whopping 76 million.
Expect Bridgerton to move up in those rankings as viewership increases over the next two weeks.
Another thing to keep in mind is that Netflix’s bar for viewership is notoriously low.
A subscriber only needs to watch two minutes of something for it to count as a view. Therefore, some of the shows might rank higher even though fewer people actually finish watching a season or even an episode.
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Since its release, Bridgerton has enjoyed success not only with viewers, but also with critics.
As of January 6, the first season has an enviable 92 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
“Gorgeous design, soapy drama, and a top-notch cast make Bridgerton a delightful treat,” according to the aggregator’s summary.
At the same time, the series still dominates the Netflix charts, ranking second on the “Top 10 in the U.S.” list. It has slipped behind only Cobra Kai season 3, which premiered a week later on Jan. 1.
Although still unconfirmed, Season 2 is almost inevitable.
Details are sparse, but series creator Chris Van Dusen has hinted that another season could delve deeper into a character whose true identity was revealed in Season 1.
“I think there’s a deep well of history that we can explore on Bridgerton,” Van Dusen explained in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “We have an amazing cast of characters and an amazing cast, and that gives us the opportunity to explore all kinds of stories for all those characters.
And I think for Lady Whistledown specifically, it’s going to be very interesting for us to play in that world now that we know who Lady Whistledown is.”