‘Mandalorian’ Tops Parrot’s Digital Originals Chart for Sixth Week

The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” topped Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings for a sixth-straight week the week ended Nov. 28, and also held onto the top spot on Parrot’s list of all TV shows for a fourth week with 99.7 times the demand of an average TV series, though it saw a 0.9% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity.

The show’s success continues to impact other “Star Wars” content. The Disney+ animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” remained on the chart at No. 6 after a 0.3% increase in demand gave it 39.6 times average demand. The fifth episode of the second season of “Mandalorian” featured the live-action debut of Ahsoka Tano, a character heavily featured in “Clone Wars.”

Netflix’s “The Crown” remained No. 2 on the digital originals chart as the Internet is being bombarded with articles fact-checking the fourth season and the relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Di. Demand was down 1.8% from the previous week. It had 71.2 times average demand and was No. 3 on the overall TV series list.

The No. 3 digital original, and No. 9 among all TV shows, was Hulu’s revival of the animated series “Animaniacs.” It had a 60.1% jump in demand expressions to give it 49.9 times average demand, climbing four spots on the digital originals chart.

That pushed Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” down a spot to No. 4 on the digital originals chart, with 49.5 times average demand and expressions up 5.8%.

Rounding out the top five was HBO Max’s “Titans” with 42.7 times average demand and expressions up 16% after new character costume designs were revealed for the in-production third season.

Netflix’s “The Witcher” jumped back into the top 10, climbing four spots to No. 8, after season two production photos bumped demand expressions up 12.8% to give it 30.4 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. 2 overall TV series was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 94.3 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.

Hulu to Bow ‘Animaniacs’ Reboot Exec Produced by Spielberg

Hulu, Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation Jan. 4 announced a deal to create and premiere a new version of the cartoon franchise “Animaniacs.”

Under the two-season, straight-to-series order, Steven Spielberg will return as executive producer of the series, with Sam Register, president, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, and Amblin Television co-presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank also serving as executive producers.

The series marks the first Hulu Original made for families. New episodes are set to premiere on the streaming service in 2020.

In addition to announcing the new series, Hulu and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution also inked a new pact that makes Hulu the exclusive streaming home to the complete library of all 99 episodes of the original “Animaniacs,” as well as “Pinky and the Brain,” the subsequent “Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain,” and the complete “Tiny Toon Adventures” collection. The classic series are available now on Hulu.

“We cannot wait to work with Steven Spielberg and the entire Amblin and Warner Bros. teams to bring more sketches, catchphrases, songs and laughs from the Animaniacs to kids and adults everywhere,” said Craig Erwich, SVP of content, Hulu, in a statement. “Now one of the most beloved, inventive and funny animated franchises in history, ‘Animaniacs’ and its cast of witty characters can live on, on Hulu. This marks yet another big move for us as we continue our efforts to be the No. 1 streaming destination for premium animated content.”

“I am so pleased and proud that ‘Animaniacs’ will have a home at Hulu,” said executive producer Steven Spielberg in a statement. “Together with Warner Bros., we look to bring new audiences and longtime fans into this wild world of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. I am also excited that the full library of ‘Animaniacs’ and ‘Tiny Toon Adventures’ episodes are included in the deal.”

“We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with Amblin and Hulu for new episodes of ‘Animaniacs,’ filled with endless laughs — and ongoing plots for world domination by Pinky and the Brain,” said Sam Register, president, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, in a statement. “Parents who grew up with the cartoon now have new episodes to share with their own families.”

The original “Animaniacs” made its television debut in 1993. Since its premiere, the series has launched spin-offs and characters including “Pinky and the Brain.”

The new show will will join the Hulu Kids library alongside full libraries of exclusive kids programming, including “Teen Titans Go!,” “Curious George,” “The Powerpuff Girls,” “Doozers,” “Adventure Time,” “Doc McStuffins” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

“Animaniacs” is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation.