In just one year, Hulu has become the most watched streaming service and it’s all because of one wildly popular series.
The Handmaid’s Tale has brought viewers to the network in droves.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series, which stars Elisabeth Moss, has helped Hulu double its viewership.
The Handmaid’s Tale vaulted Hulu into the television stratosphere and the show became a pop culture phenomenon, earning it several Emmy and Golden Globe wins.
Hulu announced at the network’s NewFronts presentation that it now has 20 million subscribers, up from 17 million at the end of 2017, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The April 25 debut of the second season of the series drew double the audience of the first-season premiere.
“We knew that we were doing something important,” said Samira Wiley, reflecting on the feelings of the cast and creators of The Handmaid’s Tale in the months running up to the show’s launch last spring to Vox.
“The rights of women have always — since the beginning of time, men, in general, have been threatened by the power of women, and have always tried to find a way to regulate, control, or figure us out in some way.”
The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a fundamentalist theocracy where women and minorities have been stripped of all rights. Women are no longer even allowed to read or write, and all but the top 1% are forced into servitude and ranked according to their fertility.
Largely in part of the success of the series, Hulu announced exciting new programming for its streaming service.
The network is working on a miniseries titled Catch-22 to be produced and directed by George Clooney, the Stephen King anthology Castle Rock, and Ramy and Mindy Kaling’s TV version of Four Weddings and a Funeral.
The service now offers more than 75,000 episodes of television.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 is now streaming on Hulu.