‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Wednesday’ Still Lead on Parrot’s Digital Originals Chart

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended Dec. 9. The series had a 4.4% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 63.3 times the demand of an average series. “Stranger Things” was No. 3 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

Another Netflix series, the “Addams Family”-inspired “Wednesday,” stayed No. 2 on the digital originals chart. The show, about the misadventures of the Addams daughter at a boarding school, had a 42.2% rise in demand expressions, giving it 59.7 times the demand of an average series.

No. 3 was the Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian,” which had a 1.2% rise in demand expressions to give it 39.7 times average demand.

HBO Max’s superhero series “Titans” slid to No. 4 with a 4.2% drop in demand expressions, giving it 38 times average demand. The show is in the midst of its fourth season, with the first batch of six episodes concluding Dec. 1. The remaining six of the season will bow in 2023.

Netflix’s “The Witcher” climbed a spot to No. 5, grabbing 34.8 times average demand after a 12.4% increase in demand expressions. Buzz for the series has increased in the lead-up to the Dec. 25 prequel series, “The Witcher: Blood Origin.”

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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 71.1 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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