Hollywood mega-producer Shonda Rhimes’ first Netflix series “Bridgerton” is a hit. The streaming giant announced the 19th century period drama is on pace to be viewed by 63 million households in its first four weeks since premiering on Christmas.
According to Netflix, the early results would make the show its fifth most-watched original series debut ever. It also released initial viewership counts to tout the big debuts of other original content, such as fellow 2020 hit, “The Queen’s Gambit,” which the company said scored 62 million viewers in the 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 it 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.