The Crown Viewing Surges After Queen Elizabeth’s Passing

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8th, which ended a historic 70-year reign, Netflix saw renewed interest in their popular series The Crown. The show begins in the late 1940s before King George VI (Jared Harris) died, and Elizabeth became the Queen of England. It has followed the monarch’s life throughout the years as she interacts with such historical figures as Winston Churchill (John Lithgow) and Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson).

According to the data analytics firm Whip Media, between Friday, September 9th, and Sunday, September 11th, the show’s U.S. viewership of The Crown quadrupled compared to the previous Friday-Sunday Period. And that’s just the U.S. In the U.K., viewership is more than 800% compared to the previous week, while France’s viewing jumped up threefold. So worldwide, The Crown’s viewership increased nearly four times from one week to the next.

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Perhaps the uptick in viewership is unsurprising since the death of Queen Elizabeth prompted deep, emotional reactions inside both the U.K. and across the world in general. According to The Guardian, Britain will hold a 10-day mourning period while the Queen’s coffin was due to lie in state in London from Wednesday to Monday, the day that her funeral was to take place. Even though it’s a fictional portal, it makes sense viewers would want to know more about the Queen’s life.

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Claire Foy portrayed a young Queen Elizabeth in the first two seasons, earning her a win for actress in a drama series at the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards, in addition to an Emmy for guest actress in a drama last year. Olivia Colman took over the role for seasons 3 and 4. Coleman also won an Emmy for actress in a drama series in 2021. The show, in total, won 11 Emmys last year. Those included outstanding drama series, two Emmys in 2020, five in 2018, and three in 2017.

Season 5 of the crown is set to premiere in November, with Imelda Staunton now playing Queen Elizabeth. She will be joined by Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Dominic West as Prince Charles, and Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana. Meanwhile, Olivia Williams has been cast as Camilla Parker Bowles, while Jonny Lee Miller will appear as Prime Minister John Major.

Last Friday, according to Variety, Netflix has suspended production on Season 6 as a mark of respect for the Queen’s death. Filming on the day of Her Majesty’s funeral was also halted. Although the details on the season have been kept quiet, we know that it will take place in the early 2000s and be the show’s last.

Making their screen debuts will be 16-year-old Rufus Kampa as Prince Harry, and 21-year-old Ed McVey will play Prince William. Presumably, the final season of The Crown will seemingly explore the aftermath of Diana’s death and her son’s life during that time. Besides them, Meg Bellamy will also appear as Kate Middleton after submitting a self-taped audition after a casting call was put out on social media.