November 2, 2020
The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” remained in the top spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended Oct. 31. It is the second-consecutive week for the show in the top spot, with the show’s second season premiere Oct. 30. It had an 11.2% increase in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 70.9 times the demand of the average series.
Another “Star Wars” series, the animated “The Clone Wars” had a 10.5% rise in demand expressions to push it up two spots to No. 8, with 30.5 times average demand.
Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” remained No. 2 for a second week. Demand expressions were up 7.4% to give the show 62.3 times average demand.
“Cobra Kai,” the “Karate Kid” spinoff that was formerly a YouTube Premium original series before moving to Netflix, climbed a spot to No. 3. The show had 42.5 times the demand of the average series, though expressions were down 2.2% for the week.
Amazon Prime Video’s “The Boys” slid to No. 4 after another 11% drop in demand expressions, giving it 38.8 times the demand of the average show.
Rounding out the top five was HBO Max’s “Titans,” (formerly of DC Universe), which got a one-spot bump after widely spread news about the production of its third season. Expressions were up 5.7%, giving the show 36.6 times average demand.
CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery,” which had 33.4 times average demand, fell a spot to No. 6 after demand expressions dropped 10.6%. The sci-fi series is in the midst of its third season though has yet to be embraced by long-time franchise fans.
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 94.2 times average demand. “The Mandalorian” was No. 4 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.