The crown is experiencing the biggest ratings surge of any show in history. The first season is already a watershed moment for Netflix. It’s only in its third week that the show’s extremely dramatic first season was first released. In its first month, The Crown is already at 34 million viewers across the world, a record for a Netflix original series. This season has been the lowest-rated of the first three.
Of course, the hype may be because of strong reviews that have championed the show’s acting. Matt Smith of Doctor Who fame and Olivia Colman of Broadchurch provide strong lead performances. The breakout character, however, has been Helena Bonham Carter. The Grey’s Anatomy and Pirates of the Caribbean actress plays Princess Margaret.
Series writer Peter Morgan, author of the award-winning play The Deal that created the royal dynasty, has put together a brilliant picture of what things were like in the 1960s. But few remember the scandal.
The first two seasons of The Crown begin Monday, 30 September at 12:01am BST. It will then air at 1:01am BST every day for a month.