The award-winning series is making its mark just like the royal duties that last a lifetime.
This sixth and final chapter of the beloved historical drama television series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II created and principally written by Peter Morgan, made its debut last week by premiering the first four episodes of the two-volume season on November 16, 2023. The second volume, consisting of the remaining six episodes, is set to premiere on Netflix next month, on December 14, 2023.
Despite having more tales from the royal family left to tell, the series has already surpassed all expectations and secured its own crown on the streaming charts. The first four episodes have been the most-streamed show in the UK over the past week, even though the final season’s ratings have fewer numbers compared with last year. For context, the opening episode of Season 5 was watched by 2.9M viewers in its first seven days, while the second installment drew 3.1M over the same period.
A mother's love.
The Crown season 6, Part 1 is now streaming. pic.twitter.com/bqxb3DrvW3
— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) November 19, 2023
Meanwhile, the opening episode has been watched by nearly 2.8M viewers, according to Barb audience figures supplied by Overnights.tv Episode two was watched by 2.3M, while episodes three and four entertained audiences of 2M and 1.7M, respectively. They were the four best-performing titles of the week, as per the popular online tool for analysis of UK Television Ratings. It has been receiving great numbers compared to other streaming services, including BBC iPlayer and Disney+.
According to review aggregator Metacritic, the first volume of the season received “generally favorable reviews”, based on a weighted average score of 61 out of 100 from 29 critic reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, 54% of 61 reviews are positive, and the average rating is 6.1/10. The negative reviews by British outlets on the latest installments take some issue with visions of the late Princess who engages in conversations with the Queen and Prince Charles, referenced as featuring Diana’s “ghost.”
To address the situation, The Crown creator Peter Morgan recently told Deadline:
“The word ghost is unhelpful, I was never writing anything from a supernatural perspective, not at all. It was more an indication that, when someone has just passed, they’re still vivid in the minds of all those close to them and love them… It felt to me more like an extension of her in real life, rather than a ghost.”
Regardless of all the criticism, on the bright side, the series has been dominating Netflix’s top 10 global streaming charts!
So far, it has about 36,900,000 hours viewed and a total view of 11,100,000. That’s not the only great news! The series has also acquired the No. 1 spot on the top 10 streaming lists separated by country ( United Kingdom), with the total viewing figures for its first seven days, starting November 13 to November 19, 2023, on Netflix. The Top 10 list in TV (English series) also includes 85 countries where it has secured and maintained its spot by gaining more viewership with each passing day.
Take a look at the official list below:
About The Crown Season 6
The Windsors face a reckoning as Diana, no longer a member of the royal family, continues to captivate the public in the weeks before her tragic death. The sixth season is set in 1997 and is expected to portray events through to 2005. In addition to this, the official synopsis of the sixth season reads as follows:
“The final installment of The Crown will focus on Tony Blair’s leadership in office, the death of Princess Diana, as well as the deaths of Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother. In addition, the season will depict the wedding of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones, the budding relationship between Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the wedding of Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles.”
According to the press release, the final six episodes will showcase Queen Elizabeth II reflecting on her reign and looking ahead to a time when her successors will take the throne. Expect royal wedding bells for Prince Charles and Camilla, as well as a budding university romance between Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The main cast members include Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, Claire Foy as young Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Vanessa Kirby as young Princess Margaret, Dominic West as Charles, Prince of Wales, Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales, Jonny Lee Miller as John Major, Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles, Claudia Harrison as Princess Anne.
Other include Marcia Warren as Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother), Sam Woolf as Prince Edward, Ed McVey as William, Prince of Wales, Rufus Kampa as young Prince William of Wales, Meg Bellamy as Catherine Middleton, Luther Ford as Prince Harry of Wales, Fflyn Edwards as young Prince Harry of Wales, Richard Rycroft as George Carey, and Matilda Broadbridge as Pippa Middleton.
The recurring cast includes Salim Daw as Mohamed Al-Fayed, Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed, James Murray as Prince Andrew, Bertie Carvel as Tony Blair, and Lydia Leonard as Cherie Blair. In addition to this, the series is created and principally written by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix.
Take a look at the official trailer for The Crown Season 6 Part 1 to recap all the events that have transpired so far in the final season: