‘Stranger Things’ Tops ‘Cobra Kai’ on Parrot’s Digital Originals Demand Chart Through Sept. 30

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended Sept. 30. The series had a 12.6% rise in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 83.7 times the demand of an average series. “Stranger Things” was No. 2 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

The increased interest in the series came after the cast was present at the recent Netflix Tudum event, where Netflix also announced that the “Stranger Things” game is set to move exclusively to the platform at the end of the year.

Another Netflix series, “Cobra Kai,” remained No. 2 with 56.5 times average demand after a 13.8% drop in demand expressions. “Cobra Kai” was No. 6 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

Netflix also took the No. 3 spot with “Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” which had a 33.7% increase in demand to give it 50.2 times average demand. The latest true crime show from the streamer has been at the center of some strong reactions and criticism from families of Dahmer victims. The controversies seem to have only benefited Netflix further despite ethical concerns, with the streamer revealing that the show had record viewership numbers. “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” was No. 8 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” slipped a spot to No. 4, with a 4.9% drop in demand expressions to give it 37.3 times average demand as its fifth season continues.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” spinoff “Andor” rose to No. 5 on the digital originals chart with a 25.1% rise in demand expressions and 33.9 times average demand. The Rogue One prequel debuted Sept. 21, with new episodes bowing weekly.

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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 “Game of Thrones,” with 101.2 times average demand, getting a boost from of prequel series “House of the Dragon,” which was No. 7 with 52.8 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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