Netflix’s record-breaking series loses top spot in weekly streaming chart


The second season of Bridgerton doubled the momentum gained in Season 1 and became an absolute monster for Netflix. Season 2 of the acclaimed romance saga delivered the biggest four-week debut of any English-language original series in Netflix history, earning a spot in the streaming record books. For a while, no other TV show in the streaming world could touch it. That changed the week of April 11, when Bridgerton was finally dethroned as the biggest title on the Internet.

This week, Nielsen released its air date of the week from April 11 to April 17. Bridgerton was the second most-watched streaming series that week after spending three weeks at the top of the charts. It was replaced in the top spot by another Netflix reality show, The ultimatum: get married or move on.

The ultimatum follows in the footsteps of Love is blind and Too hot to handle, further cementing Netflix as the go-to source for relationship reality TV. During the week of April 11, The ultimatum was watched for 1.1 billion minutes here in the United States, making it the only plan to eclipse the billion-minute mark in that time. Bridgerton came second in the Streaming Originals category with 885 million minutes viewed. If you count acquired titles (those that first aired on TV), You better call Saul was the second overall series that week, racking up 950 million minutes.

Even like Bridgerton starting to lose some of its momentum, it has firmly established itself as one of the premier franchises on Netflix. There’s already a third season on the way, as well as a prequel/spinoff series. The new series focuses on a young version of Queen Charlotte, years before the events of the main Bridgerton series.

Bridgerton swept us off our feet. The creative team, led by Shonda [Rhimes], knew the material and delivered beautiful emotional and romantic drama to our members,” Bela Bajaria, Netflix VP, Global TV, said in a statement during the show’s renewal. “They have exciting plans for the future, and we think audiences will continue to swoon for this show. We plan to be in the Bridgerton business for a long time to come.”


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