‘Stranger Things’ Remains Top Digital Original, Parrot Analytics Says

There were no changes to the top five on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart the week ended June 1, with “Stranger Things” remaining at No. 1 for the second consecutive week.

The third season of the Netflix science-fiction horror series, set in 1985, won’t debut until July 4, but the show shot to the top of the chart the prior week due to mounting hype – fueled by a clever marketing campaign that includes several real-world tie-ins, including the return of Coca-Cola’s ill-fated “New Coke,” introduced that year, and “Stranger Things”-inspired ice cream flavors at Baskin-Robbins.

Despite a subsequent 8.5% drop in Demand Expressions, “Stranger Things” retained its grip at No. 1, with 54.4 million Demand Expressions to 46.3 million for second-ranked “Lucifer,” based on a character from the DC Comics comic-book series “The Sandman.”

Demand for “Lucifer” was relatively unchanged from the prior week. The series stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar, aka the devil, who moves to Los Angeles to run his own nightclub and serve as a consultant to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The DC Universe series “Doom Patrol” remained at No. 3 with 34.6 million Demand Expressions, a slight gain of less than 3% from the prior week, while another DC Universe series, “Titans,” repeated at No. 4 with 33 million expressions, just a half percentage point more than in the prior week.

YouTube Premium’s “Cobra Kai,” a sequel to the 1984 movie The Karate Kid, again came in at No. 5 on the digital originals chart despite a 4% drop in Demand Expressions to 31.2 million.

A “digital original” is a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Hulu.

Demand for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” was up less than 6% from the prior week, but the bump was enough to send the dystopian drama to No. 6, up from No. 8 the prior week.

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 global demand for TV content 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.

Season 6 Launch Sends ‘Orange Is the New Black’ To No. 1 on Digital Originals Chart

With the launch of Season 6, Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” shot to the No. 1 spot on the digital originals chart for the week ended July 28, with a 46% spike in demand from the prior week, according to Parrot Analytics data.

The surge in Demand Expressions for the women-in-prison drama sent the previous week’s top digital original, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” to the No. 2 spot on the chart, with a 16% drop in demand the week after the season finale became available for viewing.

“Orange is the New Black,” created by Jenji Kohan, is also the eighth most popular show on Parrot Analytics’ overall TV shows chart.

Parrot Analytics uses a proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content 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.

Diane Guerrero, who plays Maritza Ramos on “Orange is the New Black,” has just been tapped to join the live-action cast of “Doom Patrol” on DC’s upcoming subscription streaming service, playing the notoriously unstable “Crazy Jane.”

Elsewhere on the digital originals chart for the week ended July 28, “Queer Eye” slipped to No. 3 from No. 2 the prior week with a modest 8.3% drop in demand.

“Stranger Things” also slipped a notch, to No. 4, with demand down 10.7%. Netflix programming executive Cindy Holland on July 29 said on the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills that Season 3 of the sci-fi series has been delayed until the summer of 2019.

“13 Reasons Why” remains at No. 5, with demand relatively flat. Netflix recently announced that the controveral teen-suicide drama has been renewed for a third season, expected to launch in May 2019.

“Castle Rock,” the highly anticipated horror series from Hulu that made a big splash at Comic-Con, debuted at No. 6 on the digital originals chart. The show is based on the stories of Stephen King. “Castle Rock” debuted last week and saw Demand Expressions soar more than 140%.

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 global demand for TV content 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.