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If you have decided to visit again The crown Last week after the death of Queen Elizabeth, you weren’t alone: The first two seasons of the Emmy-winning Netflix giant re-entered the streamer’s self-reported top ten charts last week, both in the United States and on the the whole world. In contrast, Her Royal Majesty’s state funeral in the US wasn’t quite the ratings blockbuster that some expected.
On the fictional front, Netflix says season one of The crown – with Claire Foy as the young royal – watched just over 40 million hours worldwide from September 12-18, not far behind the premiere of the second season of Destiny: The Winx Saga (49 million hours) and ranks third among all English-language TV series on the platform. The second season garnered about 17 million viewing hours and ranked seventh on the Netflix chart. But during The crown (unsurprisingly) the UK did particularly well, the US numbers weren’t nearly as impressive.
According to Netflix, the first two seasons of the Elizabethan drama only ended with shows #2 and #7 in the UK Cobra Kai runs better than season one. But here in the former colonies, season two of The crown didn’t make the top ten at all, while the first season landed at number 7. Similarly, Netflix subscribers in India, who no doubt have some very mixed feelings about the late British monarch, were also less willing to revisit him The crown, with the first season ending the week at number 8 while the second season didn’t make the top ten at all. But do you know which country the populace of Her Royal Majesty seems to have really helped along? Ukraine. The show’s first two seasons charted at Nos. 1 and 2 in the war-torn country, while Season 3 also broke into the top ten at No. 7. Maybe she just really appreciates all the help that Britain gave during the fight against Russia?
Meanwhile, Monday’s royal funeral was making solid numbers but wasn’t a must-see on TV, at least in terms of linear viewing (despite all the tweets). Nielsen estimates that the entire roughly six-hour block from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET averaged about 11.4 million viewers across 13 networks. At the peak of event coverage — around 11 a.m. ET for most platforms — the three cable news networks combined drew less than 6 million viewers, with Fox News (2.4 million), CNN (2.1 million) and MSNBC (around 1 .1 million) displaced , including the 10 o’clock hour). On the broadcast side, ABC News led the channels with an average viewership of 2.3 million viewers and a peak of just under 4 million.
In comparison, the Queen’s funeral didn’t come close to matching the numbers of recent prime-time news events, such as the hearings on January 6 last summer, which opened with nearly 20 million viewers. That’s not a complete shock given the early hour of the funeral: Coverage in the western half of the US began in the early hours of the morning. Daily coverage of the congressional hearings was much closer to getting ready for the funeral. The Queen’s farewell wasn’t even the biggest royal event of the past decade here in the United States: Harry and Meghan’s 2018 wedding was watched by almost 30 million Americans. Still, coverage of the funeral helped boost CNN and MSNBC daily ratings well above their typical Monday averages, while top-rated Fox improved somewhat on its normally strong morning numbers. Additionally, many viewers likely followed the event via livestream or other digital platforms not measured by Nielsen’s early ratings.