January 4, 2019
A new year — and a new U.S. subscription streaming service that snagged the No. 1 spot on the digital chart.
It’s DC Universe, whose series “Titans” was the most in-demand digital original series during the week that ended Dec. 29, the last full week in 2018.
The live-action superhero series — based on the DC Comics team of the same name — generated more than 34 million average daily Demand Expressions to take the No. 1 spot from perennial chart-topper “Stranger Things,” from Netflix, which finished the week at No. 2, with just a few thousand fewer average daily Demand Expressions. “Titans” had spent the two previous weeks at No. 2.
Demand Expressions is a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. The 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.
Netflix may have ceded the No. 1 spot on the digital originals chart to a newcomer, but there’s a silver lining: The U.S. streaming kingpin holds international distribution rights to “Titans” and will be releasing the show outside the United States on Jan. 11.
“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” also from Netflix, held the No. 3 spot for the second consecutive week, while “Marvel’s Daredevil” and “Narcos” inched back up to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, from No. 6 and No. 8 the prior week.
Hulu’s superhero title “Marvel’s Runaways” also performed well during the week, jumping to No. 8 from No. 14 with the release of the show’s Season 2 premiere. The show experienced a 33.2% spike in demand, and with 22.8 million average daily Demand Expressions is clearly one of Hulu’s top breakout hits.
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.