September 21, 2020
“Cobra Kai,” the “Karate Kid” spinoff that was formerly a YouTube Premium original series before moving to Netflix, remained No. 1 for a second week on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended Sept. 19. The show had 62 times the demand of the average series, with demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, dropping 4.9% for the week.
The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” rose two spots to No. 2 after the Sept. 15 trailer for the second season, which premieres Oct. 30. The show also generated considerable social media buzz for a couple other reasons, as rumors circulated that star Pedro Pascal may have left the show halfway through production of season two, while actress Gina Carano fended off “social justice” advocates who attacked her for refusing to make her Twitter account overtly political. The Mandalorian had 59.9 times the demand of the average show, with expressions up 15.9%.
Amazon Prime Video’s “The Boys” moved up two spots to No. 3. The fifth episode of the second season of the show dropped Sept. 18. Demand expressions were up 14.1% to give the show 56.8 times average demand.
Netflix’s “Stranger Things” dropped to No. 4, with expressions dropping 5.6% to give the show 53 times average demand.
Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” slipped three spots to No. 5. The series had a 24.2% drop in demand expressions, generating 45.3 times the demand of the average series.
Netflix’s “Lucifer” was No. 6, with expressions growing 0.3% to give the show 43.7 times average demand.
A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.
The No. 1 overall TV series was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 85.8 times average demand. “Cobra Kai” was No. 3 on the overall TV list.
Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.