Despite search engine Google being largely blocked in China, it was a Chinese series that came away with the title of 2018’s most-Googled show.
Google revealed its 2018 trends-of-the-year lists, and the Chinese drama “Story of Yanxi Palace” was the most popular in the world on their platform, with particular interest from users in China, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and Hong Kong.
According to the BBC, the 70-episode series about Emperor Qianlong’s concubines in the 1700s has been streamed on China’s iQiyi service more than 15 billion times since premiering in July.
The second-most-Googled show was Netflix’s sci-fi series “Altered Carbon”, followed by the Thai drama “Love Destiny” and the Indian children’s series “Motu Patlu”.
“Roseanne”, “The Haunting of Hill House”, and “Lost in Space” took the 4-through-6 slots, while “Grande Fratello”, the Italian version of “Big Brother”, and the Brazilian telenovela “Segundo Sol” came in at 8 and 9.
Closing out the list at No. 10 was the British Netflix series “Bodyguard”.