Netflix’s ‘Atypical’ Top Binge, New ‘War of the Worlds’ Adaptation Top ‘Show on the Rise’ on TV Time Charts

Netflix’s “Atypical” was the top binge, while Canal+’s contemporary adaptation of “War of the Worlds” led the “Shows on the Rise” on the TV Time charts for the week ended Nov. 3.

TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the service. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program.

The third season of top binge “Atypical” hit screens Nov. 1. The coming-of-age story follows Sam (Keir Gilchrist), a 19-year-old on the autism spectrum as he searches for love and independence. The series also took the bronze on the “Shows on the Rise” chart.

Behind perennial binge favorite “Friends” on the binge chart at No. 3 was Amazon’s “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.” Season two of the series, based on novelist Clancy’s character and starring John Krasinski, hit screens Oct. 31. The series also came in at No. 4 on the “Shows on the Rise Chart.”

“War of the Worlds,” an eight-episode, English-language adaptation of the H.G. Wells story set in contemporary Europe, was the top rising show. It stars Elizabeth McGovern and Gabriel Byrne.

The No. 2 rising show was Netflix’s anime series “Kengan Ashura,” season two of which premiered Oct. 31.

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Top Binge Shows Week Ended Nov. 3 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Atypical” (Netflix) — 10.93%
  2. “Friends” (NBC) — 2.14%
  3. “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” (Amazon) — 2.11%
  4. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) — 1.52%
  5. “Riverdale” (The CW) — 1.50%
  6. “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC) — 1.25%
  7. “Peaky Blinders” (BBC One) — 1.24%
  8. “BoJack Horseman” (Netflix) — 2.50%
  9. “Daybreak” (Netflix) — 1.24%
  10. “Lucifer” (Netflix) — 1.24%

 

Top Shows on the Rise Week Ended Nov. 3 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “War of the Worlds” (Canal+) — 99.9%
  2. “Kengan Ashura” (Netflix) — 96%
  3. “Atypical” (Netflix) — 95.6%
  4. “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” (Amazon) — 95.4%
  5. “Silicon Valley” (HBO) — 88.4%
  6. “EastEnders” (BBC One) — 86.5%
  7. “Brotherhood” (Netflix) — 84%
  8. “Super Dragon Ball Heroes” (YouTube) — 81.7%
  9. “Prank Encounters” (Netflix) — 79.6%
  10. “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO) — 66.4%

TV Time: Disney+ and Apple TV+ Originals on List of Top Anticipated New Shows

Netflix dominated the list of top anticipated returning shows, while originals from upcoming streaming services Apple TV+ (launching Nov. 1) and Disney+ (bowing Nov. 12) made the list of top anticipated new shows on TV Time’s November charts.

TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

Traditional TV entrant “His Dark Materials,” a magical adventure based on Philip Pullman’s trilogy of novels and starring Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy and Lin-Manuel Miranda, took the top spot on the anticipated new shows chart. It premieres Nov. 4 on HBO in the United States and Nov. 3 on BBC One in the United Kingdom.

Coming in at No. 2 on that new show chart was “The Mandelorian” from Disney+, bowing with the service Nov. 12. Set in the Star Wars universe and created by Jon Favreau, the series follows an independent bounty hunter on the outskirts of the galaxy — far from the authority of the New Republic.

Two shows launching with Apple TV+ Nov. 1 came in at Nos. 3 and 4 on the new show chart. Taking the bronze was “See,” starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, which is set in a dystopian future where surviving humans are blind. “The Morning Show,” which came in at No. 4, is a drama about morning TV that stars Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carrell.

Rounding out the top five anticipated new shows was DC Universe’s “Harley Quinn,” an animated series based on the DC comic book character. Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”) lends her voice to the series.

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Among returning shows, Netflix took three of the top five spots. “The End of the F***ing World,” the second season of which bows Nov. 5, came in at No. 1. “The Crown,” the third season of which launches Nov. 17, took No. 3. And “Atypical,” also in its third season and debuting Nov. 1, came in at No. 4.

Adult Swim’s highly anticipated and delayed fourth season of the animated hit “Rick and Morty” (due Nov. 10) took the silver on the returning chart, while Amazon Prime’s “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” the second season of which debuts Nov. 1, rounded out the top five.

Most Anticipated New Shows for November:

  1. “His Dark Materials” (HBO) — Nov. 4 (Nov. 3 on BBC One)
  2. “The Mandelorian” (Disney+) — Nov. 12
  3. “See” (Apple TV+) — Nov. 1
  4. “The Morning Show” (Apple TV+) — Nov. 1
  5. “Harley Quinn” (DC Universe) — Nov. 29

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for November:

  1. “The End of the F***ing World” (Netflix, Channel 4) — Nov. 5 (Nov. 4 on Channel 4)
  2. “Rick and Morty” (Adult Swim) — Nov. 10
  3. “The Crown” (Netflix) — Nov. 17
  4. “Atypical” (Netflix) — Nov. 1
  5. “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” (Amazon Prime) — Nov. 1

Netflix’s ‘Big Mouth’ Top Binge, ‘Raising Dion’ Top ‘Show on the Rise’ on TV Time Charts

Two shows from Netflix led the TV Time charts for the week ended Oct. 6. “Big Mouth” was No. 1 on the “Binge Report,” while “Raising Dion” led the “Shows on the Rise.”

TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the company. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program.

The third season of “Big Mouth,” an animated series aimed at adults from Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg, hit screens Oct. 4. It follows teenagers experiencing the wonders and horrors of puberty. The series also took the fourth spot on the Shows on the Rise chart.

Top rising show “Raising Dion” debuted Oct. 4. It follows a single mom of a boy struggling to control newfound powers.

Another Netflix show, the children’s series “Carmen Sandiego,” came in second on the “Rise” chart, while Amazon Prime’s “Goliath,” starring Billy Bob Thornton as a washed up lawyer, took third place.

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Top Binge Shows Week Ended Oct. 6 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Big Mouth” (Netflix) — 3.08%
  2. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) — 2.49%
  3. “Friends” (NBC) — 2.48%
  4. “Disenchantment” (Netflix) — 2.14%
  5. “Elite” (Netflix) — 1.92%
  6. “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) — 1.64%
  7. “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix) — 1.62%
  8. “Peaky Blinders” (BBC One) — 1.54%
  9. “The Politician” (Netflix) — 1.52%
  10. “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC) — 1.51%

 

Top Shows on the Rise Week Ended Oct. 6 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “Raising Dion” (Netflix) — 100%
  2. “Carmen Sandiego” (Netflix) — 97.5%
  3. “Goliath” (Amazon) — 94.5%
  4. “Big Mouth” (Netflix) — 94.5%
  5. “Nana” (NTV) — 93.5%
  6. “Creeped Out” (CBBC) — 92.1%
  7. “God Friended Me” (CBS) — 85%
  8. “Radiant” (NHK) — 83.5%
  9. “The Rookie” (ABC) — 81.5%
  10. “Light as a Feather” (Hulu) — 80.9%

Reports: Amazon Prime App Unavailable on Apple TV and iOS App Store

The Amazon Prime Video app disappeared Friday, Oct. 4, from Apple’s app store and Apple TV, according to news and social media reports.

“The developer has removed this app from the App Store,” is the notice that many mobile users received, according to reports. “Item not available” was another message when trying to download the app.

The app was also missing from Apple TV, according to reports.

It was a temporary glitch, according to Amazon.

“Earlier today, there was a technical glitch that impacted the Prime Video app on iOS and tvOS devices. The issue has been resolved, and the Prime Video app is now once again available in the App Store,” read an Amazon statement.

The glitch comes as Apple plans to launch its own streaming service, Apple TV+, Nov. 1 at $4.99.

Disney, too, is entering the market with Disney+ Nov. 12, and its CEO Bob Iger resigned from Apple’s board Sept. 10, the day the tech giant announced details about the pricing and release of its streaming service.

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In another streaming dustup, Disney is reportedly banning Netflix ads from all of its entertainment TV networks, including ABC, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Percentage of U.S. Households With Multiple OTT Subs Has Jumped by 130% Since 2014

The percentage of U.S. households with multiple OTT subscriptions has increased by 130% since 2014, according to Parks Associates research.

In 2019, 46% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to two or more OTT services. The report, Partnering, Aggregation, and Bundling in Video Services found only 33% subscribed to multiple services in early 2017 and 20% in 2014.

“The number of OTT services available in the U.S. increased by 140% in five years, giving consumers an unprecedented number of options to meet their video needs,” said Parks Associates senior analyst Steve Nason in a statement. “Most OTT households are anchored by one of the three major OTT services — Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Video — but consumers are finding they can’t fulfill all their interests through a single service. Many small and medium-sized services are building their brand and subscriber base by filling in these gaps in content.”

Several trends in the video services industry are shaping partnerships, including intense competition, the move of content providers to launch direct-to-consumer offerings, the lack of differentiation among OTT services, and the existing infrastructure and consumer relationships among larger players, according to Parks.

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While overall adoption and awareness of OTT video services as a category are high, awareness of any specific individual service is low, which will make it difficult for smaller services to match the scale, revenues, and marketing efforts of larger players, according to the research firm.

Parks Associates research shows nearly three in 10 OTT services in the United States are on Amazon’s Prime Video Channels aggregation platform, more than four times the rate from two years ago.

“Netflix can afford to license high-value content like ‘Seinfeld’ to supplement its original content, and Apple can buy commercial space during the Emmys and NFL games to promote its upcoming Apple TV+ service and its array of content and stars,” Nason said in a statement. “By contrast, smaller OTT services are having to harness the power of a partnership with an aggregator, bundling or content partner, or marketing and promotion partner to boost awareness of their brand and offerings.”

Additional findings include:

  • More than half (53%) of U.S. broadband households subscribe to at least one OTT service and a pay-TV service;
  • Nearly three-quarters subscribe to an OTT video service, up from 52% in 2014; and
  • Among the OTT video services available in the United States, approximately 90 have fewer than 50,000 subscribers and 72 have fewer than 20,000.

Final Season of ‘Poldark’ Streaming on PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Sept. 30

PBS Distribution debuts the fifth and final season of “Poldark” on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel Sept. 30.

It’s a new century and with it comes the promise of a hopeful future, but the past casts a long shadow over Cornwall. Following the death of Elizabeth, Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) resolves to put Westminster behind him and spend more time with the people he loves. However, when an old friend needs help, Ross is compelled to challenge the establishment and question his own loyalties to king and country. As the Enyses (Luke Norris and Gabriella Wilde) rally to join the cause, Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) must contend with dangers close to home, while George (Jack Farthing) courts corrupt powers whose influence spans the Empire.

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The subscription rate for PBS Masterpiece is $5.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

‘Stranger Things’ Spends Tenth Week Atop Parrot Analytics’ TV Demand Charts

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on not only Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended Aug. 31, but also the data firm’s overall list of TV series from any platform, including broadcast and cable, for the tenth straight week.

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.

For the week, “Stranger Things” registered 141.7 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was down 1.7% in expressions compared with the previous week.

Another Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why,” rose to No. 2, with expressions up 202% to 109 million. The third and final season of the show was released Aug. 24.

Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” remained at No. 3. Its demand expressions dropped 11.7% to 44.4 million.

Slipping two spots to No. 2 was Amazon Prime Video’s dark superhero adaptation “The Boys,” which registered 41.8 million expressions, down 28.3% from the previous week.

Netflix’s FBI-centered crime drama “Mindhunter” slid to No. 5, but was up 5% in demand expressions to 38.8 million.

Netflix’s “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” bowed Aug. 30, helping it rise from 35th to 10th place on the weekly digital originals chart. Its expressions were up 102.1% to 23.5 million.

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The Demand Expressions metric draws from 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.

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.

Amazon to Produce First Australian Original Series With Rebel Wilson

Australian actress, writer and producer Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, The Hustle, Isn’t It Romantic) has signed on to host and executive produce the first Australian Amazon Original series “LOL: Last One Laughing.”

The comedy-variety series, produced with Endemol Shine Australia, will feature a star-studded cast of 10 Australian comedic actors and stand-ups competing to make each other laugh first. The final comedian left standing will win the grand prize of $100,000 (Australian).

The six-part series will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories in 2020.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Prime Video family of creators and talent,” said Wilson in a statement. “I’ve already had the chance to work with Alexa — she’s great — and on Audible, so working with Prime Video seemed like an obvious choice. I can’t wait to see what these talented Australian comedians come up with and how far they’ll go to take home the prize.”

“LOL: Last One Laughing” follows the format of the Amazon Original series from Japan, “Hitoshi Matsumoto Presents Documental,” produced by and starring comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto. The format was also launched in Mexico with comedian Eugenio Derbez as host. The series in Japan and Mexico are currently on their seventh and second seasons, respectively.

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“We’re excited to bring ‘LOL: Last One Laughing’ to our Prime members in Australia and around the world,” said James Farrell, head of international originals for Amazon Studios, in a statement. “Customers in Japan and Mexico have told us they love ‘Documental’ and ‘LOL: Last One Laughing.’ Australia was an easy choice as the next country to bring this to and Rebel Wilson was at the top of our list to host and star. We think our Prime members are going to love it.”

‘Stranger Things’ Spends Eighth Week Atop Parrot Analytics’ TV Demand Charts

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on not only Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended Aug. 17, but also the data firm’s overall list of TV series from any platform, including broadcast and cable, for the eighth straight week.

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.

For the week, “Stranger Things” registered 152.6 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was down 9% in expressions compared with the previous week.

Rising a spot to No. 2 was Amazon Prime Video’s dark superhero adaptation “The Boys,” which registered 56 million expressions, down 10.3% from the previous week.

Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” dropped to No. 3. Its demand expressions dropped 32.4% to 48.9 million.

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” rose to No. 4 with a 5.6% increase in expressions to 36.3 million. The finale of season three was released Aug. 14.

DC Universe’s “Titans” dropped to No. 5, with expressions down 9.8% to 32.9 million.

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The Demand Expressions metric draws from 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.

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.

Finding the Key to SVOD Success

Original content has been the star on SVOD services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, with upcoming services Apple TV+ and Disney+ teasing originals in celebrity-filled press conferences. But catalog content is an important supporting player.

Certainly, originals can attract eyeballs, said the NPD Group’s Kathi Chandler-Payatt at last month’s EMA summit. She noted that while both original movies and episodic shows are a small percentage of content on Netflix, they garner an outsized share of viewing.

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Still, originals aren’t the only shows that keeps viewers subscribing, noted Screen Engine/ASI’s Mark Orne at the event. Subscribers often stay with a service based on go-to backup shows, mostly long-running hit comedy series, such as “The Office,” “Friends,” “South Park” and “Family Guy.” It’s why Disney+ streaming “The Simpsons” from its Fox acquisition is a smart move, he noted.

No wonder WarnerMedia pulled “Friends,” and Universal “The Office,” from Netflix for their upcoming services.

Indeed, speakers on a consumer panel at the EMA summit said that they like to stream while doing other activities, such as cleaning a room, not the kind of thing one can do while viewing a gripping original. One even noted she likes to go to sleep to certain familiar shows.

Meanwhile, a few hits might not be enough to keep viewers subscribing, as consumers are willing to pay for a month or take the free trial, watch and cancel, or share passwords, Orne said.

While they may like the occasional title equivalent of a gourmet meal, consumers also like to binge on titles that are comfort foods. SVOD services that can offer a wide menu may be the winners in the OTT race.