May 25, 2020
Netflix’s “Stranger Things” returned to the top spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended May 23.
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+.
“Stranger Things,” which was No. 3 the previous week, had 61 times more demand in the United States than the average TV show in the market based on average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure demand for TV content. Parrot changed its charts to reflect the relative demand metric in a given week, rather than the objective raw expressions number.
The previous week’s most in-demand digital original, the Disney+ animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” slid to No. 2 after four weeks in the top spot. It was 60.7 times more in-demand over the average.
Another Disney+ “Star Wars” spinoff series, the live-action “The Mandalorian,” slipped to No. 3 with 51.9 times average demand.
The DC Universe animated series “Harley Quinn” rose two spots to No. 4 with 40 times the demand.
The superhero series “Titans,” a chart mainstay from the DC Universe streaming service, dropped to No. 5, drawing 39.3 times the average demand.
The biggest leap onto the top 10 was Netflix’s “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power,” climbing to No. 10 from No. 28 the previous week. It had 29.2 times average demand.
The top overall TV series was Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” with 86.3 times average demand. “Stranger Things” was No. 6 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.