Netflix has announced that Bridgerton the Regency-era London romantic drama produced by Shondaland is now its biggest original series of all time. Over 82 million households watched Bridgerton in the first 28 days, with the show hitting number one on Netflix’s daily “Top 10” lists in 83 markets, including India, the US, and the UK, and featuring on the “Top 10” list in every market Netflix is available except in Japan. Like with The Queen’s Gambit, Bridgerton’s success has pushed the books it’s based on into The New York Times bestseller lists for the first time.
The 82-million figure for Bridgerton helps it surpass Netflix’s previous biggest series, The Witcher. . Bridgerton has already been renewed for season 2. Alongside the announcement, creator Chris Van Dusen had said of its appeal: “I think the show really provides an incredible escape for audiences at a time where that’s exactly what’s needed. Bridgerton is this lavish, vibrant, steamy Regency love story; it is about romance, love, and joy; I think all of those things are really universal themes people are responding to.”