September 28, 2020
The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” returned to the No. 1 spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended Sept. 26. It was No. 2 the week before. The show’s recent bump comes after the Sept. 15 trailer for the second season, which premieres Oct. 30, as well as seven Emmy wins for the first season. “The Mandalorian” had 60.2 times the demand of the average show, with demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, up 1.4%.
“Cobra Kai,” the “Karate Kid” spinoff that was formerly a YouTube Premium original series before moving to Netflix, dropped a spot to No. 2 as the bounce the show received after moving to Netflix begins to wane, as the third season doesn’t bow until next year. The show had 58 times the demand of the average series, with expressions down 5.5% for the week.
Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” climbed to No. 3, with expressions climbing 1% to give the show 53 times average demand.
Amazon Prime Video’s “The Boys” slid a spot to No. 4. Demand expressions were down 9% to give the show 51.3 times average demand.
Netflix’s “Lucifer” was No. 5, with expressions down 6.7% to give the show 40.4 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 87.9 times average demand. “Mandalorian” 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.