Wikipedia’s article on Queen Elizabeth II was the website’s third most read page in 2017 with over 19 million page views – and the site says it’s all down to The Crown.
A spokesman for Wikipedia attributed the high page views to “the terrific power of Netflix”, suggesting that the streaming site’s hit series The Crown had a heavy influence on web searches.
So if you often find yourself falling down a Wikipedia rabbit hole after each episode of The Crown, you’re not alone.
- Discover the real history behind Netflix’s The Crown
- The Crown season 2 first look review: Netflix’s majestic second series digs deep into the royal marriage
- The Crown season 2: The true story of Princess Margaret’s marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones
Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth’s sister Princess Margaret came in 37th and her husband, Prince Philip, ranked 44th.
Another British monarch whose page garnered a lot of hits was Queen Victoria, who had the 13th most viewed article with more than 14 million hits – page views saw a boost after the broadcast of ITV series Victoria.
The worlds of TV and film hugely influenced Wikipedia’s list of most viewed pages in English last year, with other articles in the top 25 including Game of Thrones (season 7), 13 Reasons Why, Wonderwoman star Gal Gadot, Logan and Stranger Things.
A tweet on Wikipedia’s Twitter account describes the site as a “second screen”.
— Wikipedia (@Wikipedia) January 3, 2018
The most read page in 2017 was, rather morbidly, Deaths in 2017, with more than 37 million hits. Donald Trump came in second place with almost 30 million views.
Most read entries on Wikipedia in 2017
- Deaths in 2017, 37,387,010 views
- Donald Trump, 29,644,764
- Elizabeth II, 19,290,956
- Game of Thrones (season 7), 18,792,746
- Meghan Markle, 16,944,130
- Game of Thrones, 16,833,302
- List of Bollywood films of 2017, 16,391,427
- United States, 15,763,915
- Bitcoin, 15,026,561
- 13 Reasons Why, 14,934,202
- Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, 14,607,282
- It (2017 film), 14,539,123
- Queen Victoria, 14,164,451
- List of highest-grossing Indian films, 14,091,348
- Gal Gadot, 14,034,958
- Logan (film), 14,030,384
- Millennials, 13,417,915
- Riverdale (2017 TV series), 13,360,398
- 2017 in film, 13,298,613
- Stranger Things, 13,132,129
- Wonder Woman (2017 film), 13,062,375
- Dwayne Johnson, 12,444,987
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi, 12,442,644
- Justice League (film), 12,048,341
- Elon Musk, 11,968,362