May 14, 2019
The fourth season of “Lucifer” bowed on Netflix May 8, propelling the supernatural series to No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended May 11, the first time the show has appeared on the chart.
“Lucifer,” adapted from the DC Comics Sandman comic book, was canceled by the Fox network a year ago and subsequently picked up by Netflix, making it eligible for digital originals tracking with the debut of the new season, which registered 49 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. According to Parrot, “Lucifer” grew 57.8% in expressions, from 31 million, compared with the previous week.
YouTube Premium’s “Cobra Kai,” a sequel to 1984’s The Karate Kid, dropped to No. 2 after two weeks in the top spot, registering 41.4 million expressions, down 16% from the previous week.
DC Universe’s “Doom Patrol” held onto the No. 3 spot with 31.2 million expressions, up 2.4% from a week earlier.
Another DC Universe series, “Titans,” remained at No. 4 with 29.9 million expressions, down slightly from the previous week.
Netflix’s “Stranger Things” jumped to No. 5 for the week with 28.2 million expressions, up 7% from the previous week, when it ranked eighth.
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 607 million expressions.
“Lucifer” was the No. 6 overall show in expressions for the week, rising from No. 27 a week before.
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.