Netflix views of The Crown, which depicts the life of Queen Elizabeth II, have soared following the passing of the Queen last week. Season one of The Crown, has entered Netflix's top 10 this week, the company revealed on 13 September. The series, which stars Claire Foy and Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, has had 17.6 million hours viewed, according CNN.
According to social listening firm CARMA, the passing of the Queen seems to have triggered an increase of mentions related to The Crown, the Netflix series which has now become the seventh-most watched English show on the streaming platform, followed by the most recent season of science fiction horror drama "Stranger Things." It also saw 77.9% of neutral sentiments, as well as 17.4% positive and 4.7% negative sentiments.
“We saw a significant increase in media coverage with mentions of The Crown and Netflix across all media channels over the last seven days. Most netizens expressed an interest in learning more about the Queen’s reign over decades,” said Charles Cheung, general manager of CARMA. There were also discussions related to the halt in production of season six of ‘The Crown’. The discussions started after the show’s creator Peter Morgan mentioned in a public statement that he expects they ‘will stop filming the show out of respect’, Cheung explained.
Meanwhile, the fifth chapter of the show is also coming soon in November this year, said The Crown on Twitter.
Britain’s longest-serving monarch Queen Elizabeth II passed last Thursday and her passing was announced by Buckingham Palace at 6:30pm London time which saw advertisers in the UK hitting the brakes to their campaigns. According to media reports, normal television programming will be halted in the UK and news readers have been asked to wear black as a symbol of mourning. British commercial radio stations have also been asked to play on non-offensive music from a pre-selected playlist.
Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, crowds were seen queuing to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at the British consulate, with some expressing nostalgia for the city’s colonial past at a time when China is seeking to purge dissent, according to HKFP.
(Photo courtesy: official trailer of The Crown)