Rege-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor star in Netflix’s “Bridgerton.”
Netflix said Monday that the first season of “Bridgerton” was the most-watched television series in its history, with 82 million subscribers tuned in for at least two minutes in its first 28 days on the service.
Ted Sarandos, co-CEO of Netflix, unveiled Netflix’s latest list of his most popular TV shows and movies while speaking at the Code Conference in Beverly Hills, California. Sarandos showed a slide that included the top 10 in each category.
“Bridgerton,” a period piece about 19th-century British royalty produced by Shonda Rhimes, opened in December. The French series “Lupine: Part 1” and the first season of “The Witcher,” a fantasy series starring Henry Cavill, tied for second on the list, with 76 million accounts between the series.
Between movies, the action movie “Extraction” won the number one spot. The movie about a captured CIA agent was viewed by 99 million accounts in the first 28 days, Netflix said.
“Birdbox,” a post-apocalyptic horror film, and the action comedy “Spenser Confidential” were the second and third most popular films, according to the company.
All the movies and series on the list were Netflix Originals.
Netflix has invested billions of dollars in original content to boost subscriptions, which have exceeded 200 million worldwide. The company have promised in recent years be more transparent with creators and subscribers in terms of how many people are watching shows and movies, data that is not tracked by conventional rating systems like Nielsen.
Netflix also released data on overall engagement, which measures the total number of hours spent watching a series or movie. “Bridgerton” also finished first using that metric between shows, followed by “Money Heist: Part 4” and “Stranger Things 3.”
In the category of movies, “Bird Box” had the highest participation. Martin Scorsese’s “Extraction” and “The Irishman,” starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, finished second and third, respectively.