‘Stranger Things’ Remains Atop Parrot’s Digital Originals Demand Chart as Fourth Season Looms

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended May 20. The series had a 22.5% rise in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, pushing it to 61.6 times the demand of an average series. Netflix May 20 released a preview of the first half of the fourth season, which arrives May 27. “Stranger Things” was No. 2 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” remained No. 2 on the digital originals chart, grabbing 35.7 times average demand after a 1.8% rise in demand expressions.

HBO Max’s “Our Flag Means Death,” a comedy about a wealthy British fop who decides to become a pirate captain in the 18th century, rose a spot to No. 3. The show had 34.2 times average demand after a 1% drop in demand expressions.

The Paramount+ sci-fi series “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” slipped a spot to No. 4, with demand expressions down 2.2% to give it 34.1 times average demand.

The Disney+ Marvel series “Moon Knight” remained No. 5 with 31.6 times average demand after an 8.7% dip in demand expressions.

The Amazon Prime Video superhero series “The Boys” rose to No. 6 on the digital originals chart, from No. 31 the previous week, after the release of a trailer for the upcoming third season, which begins June 3. The 71.8% spike in demand expressions gave it 30.1 times average demand.

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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 “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 70.8 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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