'The Crown,' 'Bridgerton' Among Netflix View Leaders in 4th Quarter


Netflix got big tune-in from several series at the end of 2020, the company said on Tuesday.

The fourth season of The Crown, the debut of the Shonda Rhimes-produced Bridgerton and limited series The Queen's Gambit all posted big numbers in Netflix's viewing metric, which counts two minutes of viewing time of a series or movie — long enough to show "the choice was intentional," as the streamer puts it — as a view.

The viewer figures are part of Netflix's fourth quarter earnings report, which saw the streamer add some 8.5 million subscribers worldwide — and top 200 million subscribers for the first time. The company highlights a few of its top performing original series and films in each report.

Netflix had earlier said that Bridgerton, the first series to result from Rhimes' megadeal with the streamer, is projected to rack up views from 63 million Netflix accounts worldwide in the four weeks following its Christmas premiere. The company also said it would have "exciting news" about the series later in the week.

Netflix has already noted that The Queen's Gambit is its most watched scripted limited series ever, with 62 million worldwide views in its first 28 days. As for The Crown, the company said season four was "the biggest so far" (season three reached 21 million subscribers over four weeks in 2019), and that all told 100 million subscriber accounts have watched at least a couple minutes of the series since its launch.

Both The Crown and The Queen's Gambit have also been mainstays in the Nielsen rankings of top streaming shows in the United States in November and early December; numbers for Bridgerton's premiere week are due to be released in the next few days.

Other series mentioned in the quarterly report include Selena: The Series (25 million views), German historical drama Barbarians (37 million), Korean horror series Sweet Home (22 million) and Japanese sci-fi thriller Alice in Borderland (18 million). The French heist drama Lupin, which was released just 10 days ago, is on pace to hit 70 million views in its first four weeks.

On the feature film side, George Clooney's The Midnight Sky is projected to reach 72 million Netflix homes in its first four weeks, and holiday movies Holidate (68 million) and The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two (61 million) also grabbed big tune-in numbers. Robert Rodriguez's We Can Be Heroes, also released on Christmas, is projecting to 53 million views, while the animated movie Over the Moon reached 43 million subscribers.

The high marks for Netflix programs since it switched to its two-minute view standard a year ago are The Witcher (76 million views) for series and Chris Hemsworth starrer Extraction (99 million) for feature films.