‘Stranger Things’ Back to No. 1 on Parrot’s Digital Originals Chart, ‘Wednesday’ Down to No. 2

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” returned to the No. 1 spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended Dec. 23. The series had a 14.6% rise in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 68 times the demand of an average series.

The series got a bit of a boost during the week from rumors of an anime spinoff. “Stranger Things” was No. 3 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

Another Netflix series, the “Addams Family”-inspired “Wednesday,” dropped back to No. 2 on the digital originals chart after a week atop all TV series. The show, about the misadventures of the Addams daughter at a boarding school, had a 38.8% drop in demand expressions, giving it 48.6 times the demand of an average series. “Wednesday” was No. 10 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

No. 3 was the Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian,” which had a 0.7% drop in demand expressions to give it 39.2 times average demand.

Netflix’s “The Witcher” stayed No. 4, with a 0.6% rise in demand expressions, giving it 38.4 times average demand. Buzz for the series increased in the lead-up to the Dec. 25 debut of prequel series, “The Witcher: Blood Origin.”

HBO Max’s superhero series “Titans” remained No. 5 with a 0.5% drop in demand expressions, giving it 37.7 times average demand. The show recently concluded the first half of its sixth season, with the remaining episodes due later this year.

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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 in terms of online demand was “Saturday Night Live” with 74.7 times average demand.

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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.


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