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Maureen Lee Lenker Introduces ‘Bridgerton’, a Risqué Regency Romance from Shonda Rhimes
EW Digital Writer, Maureen Lee Lenker, discusses the new Netflix series, 'Bridgerton,' applauds the show's diversity, and praises the series' standout performances including those from Regé-Jean Page, Jonathan Bailey, and Nicola Coughlan.
The crown jewel of Netflix's 2020-2021 season is, indeed, Bridgerton. The streamer released its internal viewer ratings for the Shondaland romance-drama and announced it has become its biggest series ever.
Within the first 28 days since Bridgerton premiered on Netflix Dec. 25, the show has hit a record of 82 million households around the world. Similar to past Netflix ratings, the 82 million households comprise 82 million Netflix accounts that chose to watch at least two minutes of Bridgerton in that time period. Even if there are multiple individual user profiles within one account that watched more than two minutes of the first season multiple times, Netflix only counts that as one household view.
"The show has made the top 10 in every country except Japan — hitting number one in 83 countries including the U.S., U.K., Brazil, France, India, and South Africa," reads a Netflix blog post. "Indeed, the success of Bridgerton propelled the books into The New York Times bestseller lists for the first time, and 18 years after they were first published."
The Queen's Gambit still ranks as Netflix's biggest scripted limited series to date.
Bridgerton marks the first scripted Shondaland series for Netflix after producer Shonda Rhimes struck her massive deal. Netflix is also all in on the show, if those numbers didn't reflect that. Season 2 has already been greenlit and will be based on the second book in Julia Quinn's series of romance novels.
The show reimagined 1813 London with Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) as a Black woman whose rise helped bring up other people of color in society. Season 1 of Bridgerton focuses primarily on the wealthy family of the same name as the young Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) sought marriage and eventually wed the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) after much drama chronicled by the elusive writer Lady Whistledown (you'll have to watch the first season for that reveal). Season 2 will highlight Anthony Bridgerton's (Jonathan Bailey) mission to find a wife.