The British public can’t get enough of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s eponymous Netflix documentary released on Thursday, figures and ratings show.
Harry & Meghan The streaming giant launched its first three episodes on global platforms last week, ahead of the final three shows to be released on December 15.
Giving viewers an unprecedented insight into the lives of former working royals, the show featured exclusive interviews with family and friends, as well as the couple’s own testimony detailing the difficulties they faced as a couple in Britain.
On the day of its release, the series topped the Netflix charts in both the UK and the US
The position slipped to second place in the US in the following days, while retaining the top spot in the UK over the weekend.
Figures compiled by independent ratings analyst BARB show that 2.4 million viewers in the UK watched the first episode of the show on TV sets on launch day (including phone or tablet streams), more than double what watched season five. of the crown First episode last month.
The numbers show that the series brought in Netflix’s biggest single-day viewing figures since BARB began collecting the data in October. It comes despite a ban by UK critics who slammed the show as an “attack” on the legacy of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Many critics cited Netflix’s $100 million investment in Harry and Meghan as content creators in their putdowns of the show.
“If I were Netflix, I’d want my money back because there’s nothing “bombshell” or really new here,” wrote Carol Midgley. The Times. “It was beautifully shot, but it was repetitive, whiny and boring.”
Lucy Mangan Guardian If done less blatantly, produced a similar result. She said: “What are we left with in the end? The same story we’ve always known, told in a way we expect to hear from the people telling it. People who don’t care won’t watch. People who are passionately invested in a real-life soap opera, who care, read anything they want and all their preconceived notions. will confirm.”
UK critics weren’t the only ones to take aim at the show’s first three episodes. Their multistate cohort equally identified points of issue.
By Daniel D’Addario VarietyThe outlet, which featured a glossy interview with Meghan in October, wrote that the couple “resurprises us just how narrow their view of fame is, how pinched and unimaginative their presence on the world stage has become.”
Although the series has been criticized, there are equally positive reviews.
Jesse Thomson for Britain The Independent Gave the show four stars:
“What has always been so sad about Mexit is the sense of missed opportunity. Here, we recall the excitement surrounding Meghan joining the family, and the couple’s marriage is a sign of a more modern, inclusive Britain.”
BARB audience analysis of British audiences shows that there is intense interest around Harry and Meghan, and what led to their decision to leave the monarchy and country of Harry’s birth altogether.
While the first three episodes of the show set the scene for the couple’s relationship, their meeting, dating and engagement, the final three installments seem to cover the most difficult years, including the circumstances in 2019 when Meghan considered taking her own life while pregnant. With his son Archie.
With these set to be released on December 15, and with Harry’s memoir coming out less than a month away on January 10, royal watchers on both sides of the Atlantic have a lot more to hear from the royal couple.
Harry & Meghan Episodes 1-3 are now available to stream exclusively on Netflix. Episodes 4-6 will be released worldwide on December 15.
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