April 30, 2019
The premiere of the second season of “Cobra Kai” helped push the show back into the top spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart for the week ended April 27.
All 10 episodes of the season bowed April 24 on YouTube Premium, leading to the show registering 41.2 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was up 40% from the previous week, when it was No. 6 on the chart. The series is a sequel to 1984’s The Karate Kid, following the adult lives of the film’s teenage characters as they introduce a new generation to martial arts.
The previous week’s top title, Hulu’s true-crime drama “The Act,” dropped to No. 2 with 39.3 million expressions, down 9.5%.
The CBS All Access series “Star Trek: Discovery” held onto the No. 3 spot with 36.4 million expressions, up 9.6%.
Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” slipped to No. 4 for the week with a 15% decline in expressions to 36.1 million.
Rounding out the top five was DC Universe’s “Titans,” down one spot from the previous week with 31 million expressions, a 1.8% drop.
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 482 million expressions.
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.