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The Crown Viewership Skyrockets on Netflix After Queen Elizabeth's Death

The historical drama re-entered Netflix's top 10 this weekend.
  • Claire Foy in The Crown. (Photo: Netflix)
    Claire Foy in The Crown. (Photo: Netflix)

    The Crown is back in Netflix's Top Ten.

    Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, the Netflix original drama's viewership skyrocketed between September 9 and 11, seeing views in the U.K. increase some 800% and the U.S.'s quadruple compared to the previous weekend. The series' first season landed in the seventh spot on the streamer's Top 10 list, with some 17.57 million hours viewed.

    Last week, Netflix halted production of the series' sixth season out of respect for Queen Elizabeth II, but it has since resumed filming.

    Created by Peter Morgan, The Crown's first two seasons star Claire Foy as the late queen, while Olivia Colman has sat on the throne for the third and fourth seasons. Imelda Staunton is set to portray Her Majesty next, when the series' fifth season premieres in November. 

    The Crown is streaming on Netflix.

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    Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining punchlines and harboring dad-aged celebrity crushes. She was previously a reporter/producer at Decider and is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.

    TOPICS: The Crown, Netflix, Queen Elizabeth II