Netflix historical drama Bridgerton stormed back to the platform more than a year after its first season dropped and the Regency tearer set a record
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Bridgerton’s slow second season proved a hit for Netflix, setting a streamer record less than a week after it premiered.
The Regency-era romance scored 193 million hours of worldwide viewing, the most any English-language Netflix series has accumulated in its first three days.
The impressive viewership numbers make the TV series tear-jerking, starring Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley, the most-watched English-language drama of its week on Netflix.
The hit series also entered the top 10 in 92 of the 93 countries whose rankings are tracked by Netflix, with Japan being the only foreign country.
Based on the novel The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn, the second season of the romantic drama Shondaland focuses on the love life of Lord Anthony Bridgerton.
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The Viscount becomes tangled in a love triangle with sisters Kate Sharma and Edwina Sharma, shifting the focus of the show away from Anthony’s sister Daphne Bridgerton and her flirting with the Duke of Hastings, played by Regé- Jean Page, who has since left the series.
Netflix has renewed Bridgerton, based on Quinn’s series of eight novels, for a third and fourth season.
The new numbers mark the show’s success even though the second season revolved around a lot of the intimate scenes that created buzz around Bridgerton’s first season.
Host Chris Van Dusen instead opted for a slow approach to the second season’s romance, emphasizing that love scenes are always integral to the plot.
Before the Bridgerton season two premiere, Van Dusen said: “For us, it’s never been about quantity. Our approach to intimacy on the show is the same as it was in season one – we use these scenes to push the story forward.
“We’ve never done a sex scene just for the sake of doing a sex scene and I don’t think we’re going to do that.”
Van Dusen commented on the “off-the-charts” chemistry between Kate and Anthony, who turned from enemies to lovers within eight episodes of the Netflix show.
He added: “There is a lot of sensuality in the look of the room and the hands are grazing and the fingers are almost touching. You can really feel it from episode to episode and you know that when we get there, the climax – if you will – will be well worth it. ”
Van Dusen, who will be leaving the show ahead of the upcoming third series to work on other projects, added: “Fans should expect a wild ride. We’ve worked hard to bring everything our fans love from season one to season two – and I think we’ve made it.
“It’s emotional and romantic, sexy and scandalous.”
The first and second season of Bridgerton are available to stream on Netflix.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/bridgerton-second-season-sets-netflix-26588608 Bridgerton season two sets Netflix streaming record despite falling debut