Hollywood mega-producer Shonda Rhimes’ first Netflix series is a hit. The streaming giant announced that the 19th century period drama is on pace to be viewed by 63 million households in its first four weeks since premiering online on Christmas.
According to Netflix, the early results for limited series “Bridgerton” would make the show its fifth most-watched original series debut ever.
While Netflix’s announcement Monday did not specify which of the streaming platform’s four original series rank ahead of “Bridgerton” in terms of initial viewership, Newsweek pointed out that the company has previously released viewer counts for other streaming hits. (For instance, in 2019, Netflix said that over 105 million subscribers had watched at least one episode of “Orange is the New Black” during that show’s seven-season run, making it the company’s most-watched original series ever overall.)
Netflix has also released initial viewership counts to tout the big debuts of other original content, such as another 2020 hit, limited series “The Queen’s Gambit,” which the company said scored 62 million viewers in the show’s first four weeks.
Netflix’s viewership numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, as the streaming company only sporadically releases those statistics and Netflix also counts viewers as any subscriber who has watched at least two minutes of any given series. (Netflix has argued in the past that its viewership counting methods are similar to those of other online video platforms, like Google’s YouTube.)