The first season of “The Crown” ranked seventh on Netflix’s UK TV series list with 17.57 million hours viewed last week.
“The Crown” is back in power. Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the drama series “The Crown” returned to Netflix’s Top 10 English-language TV.
Season 1 of “The Crown” got 17.57 million watch hours in the week of September 5-11, according to Netflix, enough for seventh place. That viewership count practically only counts on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. (There would certainly have been a natural, albeit very late, sampling of the first season on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, although it is safe to assume that the lion’s share occurred during the first period of mourning.)
Interestingly here, while the series itself is back on the list, this is the first appearance for Season 1; the show’s initial season predates the existence of The top 10 lists shared publicly by Netflix.
“Cobra Kai” season 5 was number one for the week of September 5-11 with 106.70 million hours viewed. The “Karate Kid” sequel series was only available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The “Devil in Ohio” limited series was the second with 70.81 million hours viewed. There was a steep drop from there.
A week earlier, the seventh English TV show (again language, not nationality or ethnicity – an important distinction in this story) was the first season of NBC’s “Manifest” drama with 16.41 million hours viewed. The number one show that week was the limited series “Echoes” – we also have a full report on that performance.
Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 at the age of 96. As a tribute, “The Crown” creator Peter Morgan has suspended production of the fifth season, which is expected to premiere on Netflix in November. Over the course of the series, Claire Foy, Olivia Colman and Imelda Staunton played the late ruler. The fifth season of “The Crown” marks Staunton’s first round as monarch, with new cast members Jonathan Pryce, Lesley Manville, Jonny Lee Miller, Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki joining the ensemble.
Morgan, who also wrote Academy Award-winning “The Queen” with Helen Mirren in the lead role, told IndieWire in 2020 that Queen Elizabeth II is a “mother of the nation.”
“We don’t want a head of state to be a troubled figure. We want someone parenting and reassuring, “Morgan said.” He didn’t miss a foot with his perseverance, when we went through an incredibly turbulent time. When it seemed impossible to trust our political class during our schizophrenic war on Brexit, the country he felt rudderless and upset. It was upsetting for everyone psychologically and emotionally. “
“It’s a constant, not just in your life, but there’s no one living in the UK who hasn’t had her as a lifelong head of state,” he said at the time. “She binds the generations together.”
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving British monarch, was Queen of England for over 70 years.