May 7, 2019
The second season of “Cobra Kai” held onto the top spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart for a second consecutive week the week ended May 4.
The show, a sequel to 1984’s The Karate Kid, registering 49.4 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was up 20% from the previous week, when it returned to No. 1 following the debut of its second season on YouTube Premium.
Hulu’s true-crime drama “The Act” held the No. 2 spot with 31.6 million expressions, down 19.5% from the previous week.
DC Universe’s “Doom Patrol” rose to No. 3 with 30.4 million expressions, up less than 1% from a week earlier, when it was No. 6.
Another DC Universe series, “Titans,” rose a spot to No. 4 with 30.1 million expressions, down 3% from the previous week.
Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” slipped to No. 5 for the week with a 24% decline in expressions to 27.5 million.
The biggest jump in the week was Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which rose from No. 15 to No. 7 with 26.9 million expressions, up 53% thanks to the debut of a full trailer for its third season, which arrives June 5.
The Demand Expressions metric draws from 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.
A “digital original” is a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Hulu.
By comparison, the biggest TV show of any kind for the week was HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” currently in its final season, which drew 603 million expressions.
And the syndicated game show “Jeopardy” continues to enjoy a bounce thanks to 22-day champion James Holzhauer, who has set several of the show’s records en route to nearly $1.7 million in winnings. “Jeopardy” was No. 9 on the overall show list with 47.8 million expressions. Holzhauer will be absent for the next two weeks, returning May 20, as the show presents its annual teachers tournament.
“Cobra Kai” was the No. 6 overall show in expressions for the week.
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 global demand for TV content 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.