Rege-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor star in Netflix’s “Bridgerton”.
Netflix said Monday that the first season of “Bridgerton” was the most watched TV series of all time, with 82 million subscribers who stayed on for at least two minutes in the first 28 days.
Ted Sarandos, Co-CEO of Netflix, released the latest list of Netflix’s most popular TV shows and movies at the Code Conference in Beverly Hills, California. Sarandos showed a slide with the top 10 in each category.
“Bridgerton,” a historical play about 19th century British royalty produced by Shonda Rhimes, premiered in December. The French series “Lupine: Part 1” and the first season of “The Witcher”, a fantasy series starring Henry Cavill, are number two on the list with 76 million accounts.
The action film “Extraction” earned the number 1 place among the films. The movie about a captured CIA agent was seen by 99 million accounts in the first 28 days, Netflix said.
“Bird Box,” a post-apocalyptic horror film, and the action comedy “Spenser Confidential” were the second and third most popular films, according to the company.
All of the films and series on the list were Netflix originals.
Netflix has invested billions of dollars in original content to grow subscriptions that have exceeded 200 million worldwide. The company has made a commitment in recent years to being more transparent with makers and subscribers about how many people are watching shows and films, data that traditional rating systems like Nielsen don’t capture.
Netflix also released total engagement data, which measures the total number of hours spent watching a series or movie. With this metric, “Bridgerton” also took first place among TV shows, followed by “Money Heist: Part 4” and “Stranger Things 3”.
“Bird Box” had the highest engagement in the film category. “Extraction” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino finished second and third, respectively.