Harry & Meghan, the Netflix documentary about the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, has become the UK’s most-watched subscription TV series of the year to date, the numbers whether show.
His first episode was watched by an average of 4.5 million viewers in the seven days after its release on December 8.
This is one and a half million higher than the equivalent figure of episode one of the new series The Crown (2.8 million) which premiered a few weeks earlier on 9/11.
It also beat out this year’s other major releases on Netflix, including the highest-rated episodes of the latest series After Life (4.1 million), Stranger Things (3.9 million) and Bridgerton. (3.4 million).
Figures released by audience research organization Barb provide the first overview of how the 2022 top-register-only series is performing in the UK.
The most watched show on Disney Plus was episode one of the Star Wars spin-off Obi-Wan, which had 3.1 million viewers in the seven days following its release in May.
Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power is the highest-rated show on Amazon Prime Video, with 3.2 million for its first episode in September.
But Netflix dominates the list, accounting for 7 of the top 10 titles.
Although Harry & Meghan’s episode one drew 4.5 million viewers, that’s less than half the usual ratings for two of the most watched shows on linear (non-subscription) channels. Traditional, Serious to BBC’s Dancing and I’m’s ITV A Celebrity… Get me out of here, and far below the figures for recent World Cup matches.
It was also slightly below the audience for the episode of MasterChef: The Professionals that aired on BBC One the week Harry & Meghan was released.
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