Netflix Says Shonda Rhimes’ Bridgerton Is Biggest Original Series Ever

82 million households watched the period drama in its first four weeks

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Netflix had previously projected that 63 million households would watch the series in four weeks, an estimate that was off by nearly 20 million. Netflix

Shonda Rhimes’ first project on Netflix isn’t just a smash hit—it’s the biggest original series debut ever on the streaming service.

@kelseymsutton Kelsey Sutton is the streaming editor at Adweek, where she covers the business of streaming television.