While the days of counting box office tickets are on pause, tallying a show’s success on platforms like Netflix have taken the stage… and the most recent rival to beat is Shondaland’s Bridgerton. Based on the best-selling romance novels of Julia Quinn, in just four weeks this sensational period drama has been welcomed into more than 63 million households.
“If true, that would make the sumptuous and rrrribald! period drama Netflix’s fifth-biggest* original series to date (behind The Witcher Season 1, Stranger Things Season 3, Money Heist Part 4 and Tiger King),” reported TVline. Bridgerton’s Executive Producer, Shonda Rhimes, has really outdone herself this time. If we thought her work could not get any better than Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, we were so very wrong. Created by Rhimes and Chris Van Dusen, the number of Bridgerton’s views (each view consisting of at least two minutes of a program) on Netflix since its Christmas day release are off the charts.
“Bridgerton was Netflix’s number one show in seventy-six countries, including the U.S., and reached the top ten in every country other than Japan,” stated Bloomberg. Could this be the start of several refreshingly unorthodox period dramas to be released on Netflix? After the success of Bridgerton, one can only hope!