The Crown’s Viewership Jumps on Netflix After Queen Elizabeth II’s Death

By Jessica Lerner 

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, viewership of Netflix’s The Crown has surged.

Viewership in the U.K. rose more than 800% from Friday to Sunday compared with the previous time period, while viewership more than quadrupled over those three days compared with the previous week in the U.S. Viewership also tripled in France, according to Whip Media data reported by Variety.

Globally, viewership increased nearly fourfold over the past weekend versus the previous weekend.


Following the Queen’s passing, the television series, which spans several decades and chronicles the monarch’s life and the events that occurred while she was on the throne, halted production.

Her death came ahead of Season 5 of the Netflix show, which is set to premiere in November and feature a new cast, including Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth. Claire Foy and Olivia Colman have previously played the late monarch.

The series is currently in the middle of shooting its sixth and reportedly final season.

Although specifics have been kept under wraps, Season 6 appears to center on the 1990s before Princess Diana died in 1997.

Director Stephen Daldry previously told Deadline that there had been contingency preparations for the Queen’s death for some time.

“None of us know when that time will come, but it would be right and proper to show respect to the Queen. It would be a simple tribute and a mark of respect. She’s a global figure and it’s what we should do,” he said after the premiere of the series in 2016.