Based on subject matter and tone, new Netflix drama “The Crown” is understandably being compared to PBS’s “Downton Abbey.” However, after all is said and done, will the inevitable ratings success of “The Crown” instead draw comparisons to the #1 show on television, AMC’s “The Walking Dead”? Vote in our new poll below.
Netflix infamously refrains from officially releasing ratings numbers, but Variety discovered earlier this year that “Stranger Things” and “Fuller House” are the most-watched new series on the streaming network, with over 14 million viewers apiece in their first 35 days.
With “The Walking Dead” season 7 premiere earning 20.8 million viewers, early buzz and reviews for “The Crown,” which streams November 4, suggests this drama about the rise of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) and her husband Prince Philip (Matt Smith) could come close to those jawdropping numbers.
Besides viewers, “The Crown” also looks to be en route to earning awards acclaim from the Golden Globes. After all, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. loves British royalty and this drama could out-crown the competition. It currently comes in third place in our Golden Globes racetrack odds at 5/1, behind only “Stranger Things” (6/5 odds) and reigning Emmy champ “Game of Thrones” (5/2 odds).
As for critical reviews, Maureen Ryan (Variety) writes, “Foy unites the disparate parts of ‘The Crown’ and gives it a taut center.” And Allison Keene (Collider) praises, “‘The Crown’ is a fascinating and easily engrossing portrait of a young monarch in a fairly modern age, and benefits from having one writer (creator Peter Morgan) to lend it narrative continuity.”
Make your early Golden Globes TV Awards picks now and tell industry insiders which shows and performers you have out front to win on January 8. You can keep changing them until just before nominations are announced on December 12 at 5 am PT/8 am ET. But it is important to register your initial predictions now both to lock in those all-important starter odds and let Hollywood know who has the inside track for these kudos. Be sure to make your predictions right here. You’ll compete for a place of honor on our leaderboard and a starring role in next year’s Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year’s nominees). Read our contest rules.