Shonda Rhimes’ reign continues with her latest win, “**Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.**” The “Bridgerton” prequel series, which opened on May 4, earned 148.28 million hours viewed on the Netflix Top 10 chart during the May 1-7 viewing window, making it the streamer’s most viewed title this week. With its six episodes, the series picked up over 22 million views in its first week. Netflix calculates total views by dividing the hours viewed (148.28 million) by total runtime hours (6.49 hours).
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(What is Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is a limited-run series drama created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix. The series is a prequel spin-off of the Netflix series Bridgerton that focuses on young Queen Charlotte's rise to prominence and power. The series premiered on May 4, 2023 and consists of six episodes. The prequel series gives Queen Charlotte (India Amarteifio in youth and Golda Rosheuvel in her later years) the spotlight. Here, she is a Black teenager whose interracial marriage to the mentally ill King George III (Corey Mylchreest in youth; James Fleet as the older version) led to an event called “the Great Experiment.” In Queen Charlotte and the original Bridgerton series, the Great Experiment refers to Britain’s (clearly fictional) decision to fully integrate Black people and other people of color into their society, including the noble class. In Queen Charlotte, the stakes of the Great Experiment are most vocally echoed by Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh in her later years and Arsema Thomas as a young woman), who is revealed to be African royalty with wealth that exceeds that of most of the British nobles but has to fight to be accepted among British nobility.)
For context, **Netflix’s latest shows** to top the chart including, **“The Night Agent,” **Season 3 of “Outer Banks,” and “Ginny & Georgia” Season 2 were each made up of 10 episodes.
(What is The Night Agent about
FBI Agent Peter Sutherland is thrown into a vast conspiracy about a mole at the highest levels of the United States government. To save the nation, he plunges into a desperate hunt for the traitor, while protecting ex-CEO Rose Larkin from the people who murdered her aunt and uncle. The Night Agent might not be at the same level of certain Emmy-winning series, but it's a super-fun, action-packed thriller that will have you entertained for 10 episodes. It very well could be one of the best Netflix shows of the year.)
Both seasons of “Firefly Lane” remained among the list of popular titles during the viewing window. The show’s sophomore season fell to third place with 54.32 million hours viewed after previously returning to the No. 1 spot with the final half of Season 2’s release. Season 1 came in at No. 7 with 16.5 million hours viewed in its third week on the chart.
Political thrillers “The Diplomat” and “The Night Agent” joined the chart at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Sstarring Keri Russell and Rufus Sewell, the drama was viewed for 31.15 million hours viewed while Shawn Ryan’s series recorded 26.88 million hours viewed in its seventh week among the** top 10 titles.**
In its fifth week of availability, “Beef” scored 14.79 million hours viewed, giving the Ali Wong and Steven Yeun-led series ninth place on the list — just below the seventh and final season of “Workin’ Moms,” which scored 15.11 million hours viewed in its second week of availability. Closing out the list is “The Smurfs” with 9.22 million hours viewed.
See **Netflix’s Top 10 lists** for the week of May 1-7 below, beginning with English-language series and followed by non-English-language TV shows, English-language movies and then non-English-language movies.