‘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.

‘Lucifer’ Returns to Take Top Spot on Parrot Analytics Digital Originals Chart

The fourth season of “Lucifer” bowed on Netflix May 8, propelling the supernatural series to No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended May 11, the first time the show has appeared on the chart.

“Lucifer,” adapted from the DC Comics Sandman comic book, was canceled by the Fox network a year ago and subsequently picked up by Netflix, making it eligible for digital originals tracking with the debut of the new season, which registered 49 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. According to Parrot, “Lucifer” grew 57.8% in expressions, from 31 million, compared with the previous week.

YouTube Premium’s “Cobra Kai,” a sequel to 1984’s The Karate Kid, dropped to No. 2 after two weeks in the top spot, registering 41.4 million expressions, down 16% from the previous week.

DC Universe’s “Doom Patrol” held onto the No. 3 spot with 31.2 million expressions, up 2.4% from a week earlier.

Another DC Universe series, “Titans,” remained at No. 4 with 29.9 million expressions, down slightly from the previous week.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” jumped to No. 5 for the week with 28.2 million expressions, up 7% from the previous week, when it ranked eighth.

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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.

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.

By comparison, the biggest TV show of any kind for the week was HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” currently in its final season, which drew 607 million expressions.

“Lucifer” was the No. 6 overall show in expressions for the week, rising from No. 27 a week before.

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.

‘Cobra Kai’ Still Kicking Atop Parrot Analytics Digital Originals Chart

The second season of “Cobra Kai” held onto the top spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart for a second consecutive week the week ended May 4.

The show, a sequel to 1984’s The Karate Kid, registering 49.4 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was up 20% from the previous week, when it returned to No. 1 following the debut of its second season on YouTube Premium.

Hulu’s true-crime drama “The Act” held the No. 2 spot with 31.6 million expressions, down 19.5% from the previous week.

DC Universe’s “Doom Patrol” rose to No. 3 with 30.4 million expressions, up less than 1% from a week earlier, when it was No. 6.

Another DC Universe series, “Titans,” rose a spot to No. 4 with 30.1 million expressions, down 3% from the previous week.

Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” slipped to No. 5 for the week with a 24% decline in expressions to 27.5 million.

The biggest jump in the week was Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which rose from No. 15 to No. 7 with 26.9 million expressions, up 53% thanks to the debut of a full trailer for its third season, which arrives June 5.

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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.

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.

By comparison, the biggest TV show of any kind for the week was HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” currently in its final season, which drew 603 million expressions.

And the syndicated game show “Jeopardy” continues to enjoy a bounce thanks to 22-day champion James Holzhauer, who has set several of the show’s records en route to nearly $1.7 million in winnings. “Jeopardy” was No. 9 on the overall show list with 47.8 million expressions. Holzhauer will be absent for the next two weeks, returning May 20, as the show presents its annual teachers tournament.

“Cobra Kai” was the No. 6 overall show in expressions for the 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.

‘Cobra Kai’ Takes Over No. 1 on Parrot Analytics Digital Originals Chart

The premiere of the second season of “Cobra Kai” helped push the show back into the top spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart for the week ended April 27.

All 10 episodes of the season bowed April 24 on YouTube Premium, leading to the show registering 41.2 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was up 40% from the previous week, when it was No. 6 on the chart. The series is a sequel to 1984’s The Karate Kid, following the adult lives of the film’s teenage characters as they introduce a new generation to martial arts.

The previous week’s top title, Hulu’s true-crime drama “The Act,” dropped to No. 2 with 39.3 million expressions, down 9.5%.

The CBS All Access series “Star Trek: Discovery” held onto the No. 3 spot with 36.4 million expressions, up 9.6%.

Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” slipped to No. 4 for the week with a 15% decline in expressions to 36.1 million.

Rounding out the top five was DC Universe’s “Titans,” down one spot from the previous week with 31 million expressions, a 1.8% drop.

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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.

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.

By comparison, the biggest TV show of any kind for the week was HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” currently in its final season, which drew 482 million expressions.

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.

‘Cobra Kai’ Paley Center Screening

To mark the 35th anniversary of The Karate Kid, the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles April 22 welcomed the cast and creative team of the YouTube Premium series “Cobra Kai” for a special screening and conversation in celebration of the April 24 season two premiere.

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Demand Rises for ‘Sense8,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Kimmy Schmidt’

The airing of the series finale episode of “Sense8” gave the Netflix science-fiction drama  a 43% increase in demand for the week ended June 9, moving it up a notch on the digital originals chart to No. 6, according to Parrot Analytics Demand Expressions data.

The controversial teen drama series “13 Reasons Why,” also on Netflix, remains No. 1 on the digital originals chart, although demand for the series – season two is now out – slipped 10% from the prior week.

Rising up to No. 2 was Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” despite a slight drop in demand of less than 5%.

The dystopian series displaced YouTube’s “Cobra Kai” from the second spot, which with a nearly 23% drop in demand slid down the digital originals chart to No. 5.

The first half of Season 4 of the web sitcom “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” premiered on Netflix May 30 and led to a 30% uptick in demand – and a jump on the digital originals chart to No. 7 from No. 11 the prior week.

The second half of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is expected to debut January 25, 2019.

“Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia,” a computer-animated fantasy television series created for Netflix by Guillermo del Toro and produced by DreamWorks Animation, slipped to No. 8 on the digital originals chart from No. 6 the prior week, after a 9% drop in demand.

The series entered the top 10 the prior week on the heels of the May 25 debut of Season 3, which led to an an 87% spike in demand.

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. 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.

Just-Renewed ’13 Reasons’ Still Top Digital Original, Parrot Analytics Says

The top five digital originals for the week ended June 2 are the same as in the prior week, according to Parrot Analytics Demand Expressions data.

Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” remains at No. 1, with a 15% increase in demand from the prior week.

The teen drama series, based on a teenage girl’s suicide, has just been renewed for a third season, Netflix announced June 6.

The second-most-popular digital original for the week ended June 2 is YouTube’s “Cobra Kai,” which also posted a 15% increase in demand from the prior week.

They are followed by Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” at No. 3 and two more Netflix shows, “Arrested Development” at No. 4 and “Orange is the New Black” at No. 5.

Season 3 of the DreamWorks’ children’s series “Trollhunters” premiered May 25, leading to an 87% spike in demand from the prior week – enough to propel the fantasy animation show to No. 6 on the weekly digital originals chart, up from No. 30 the prior week.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” rose up a notch to No. 9 from No. 10 the previous week, after a nearly 11% increase in demand.

“Star Trek: Discovery,” from CBS All Access, dropped to No. 8 from No. 6 with a 5.5% decline in demand.

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. 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.

’13 Reasons Why’ Flying High Among Digital Originals, Parrot Analytics Says

With a 58% spike in demand, Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” remained in the No. 1 spot on the digital originals chart for the week ended May 26, according to Parrot Analytics Demand Expressions data.

Season two of the teen drama – centered on the aftermath of a teenage girl’s suicide – debuted May 18, making this the first full week in which episodes are available.

The series’ number of Demand Expressions soared to nearly 68 million, more than any other TV show – digital original or regular broadcast – during the week.

In the week leading up to Memorial Day, there were few changes to the digital series demand chart. However, Netflix is releasing more than 80 new titles in June, and Parrot Analytics says it expects demand chart fluctuations in the weeks to come.

The popularity of season two of “13 Reasons Why,” like the popularity of season one, is fuelled by controversy.

The finale of season one, showing a teenage girl taking her own life, prompted schools to issue warnings to parents to monitor their children’s viewing.

For season two, Netflix aired a “cold open” before the first episode featuring cast members read the following disclaimer: “‘13 Reasons Why’ is a fictional series that tackles tough, real-world issues, taking a look at sexual assault, substance abuse, suicide, and more. By shedding a light on these difficult topics, we hope our show can help viewers start a conversation. But if you are struggling with these issues yourself, this series may not be right for you or you may want to watch it with a trusted adult. And if you ever feel you need someone to talk with, reach out to a parent, a friend, a school counselor, or an adult you trust, call a local helpline, or go to 13ReasonsWhy.info. Because the minute you start talking about it, it gets easier.”

Elsewhere in the top 5, demand for “Cobra Kai” slipped 15%, but the series – a sequel the 1984 movie “The Karate Kid” – remains at No. 2 on the digital originals chart.

Following Martin Kove’s appearance in the season one finale, the “Karate Kid” alum is joining the cast in season two.

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Netflix’s “Arrested Development” remain at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, while “Orange is the New Black” shot up to No. 5 from No. 10, bumping “Lost in Space” out of the top 10.

“Orange is the New Black” experienced a nearly 32% uptick in demand, as Digital Spy revealed details about the upcoming sixth season of the women prison drama.

Looking at the bottom half of the top 10 digital originals chart, Netflix’s “The Crown” experienced a significant (54%) rise in demand during the week, lifting it to No. 9 from No. 28 the prior week.

The historical drama picked up a supporting actress award at the BAFTA television awards on May 13.

Rounding out the top 10, Netflix’s “Stranger Things” has reappeared in the top 10, at No. 10, after an absence of several weeks.

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. 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.

 

’13 Reasons Why’ Retakes No. 1 Spot on Digital Originals Chart

Buoyed by the May 18 launch of season two, Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” returned to the No. 1 spot on the digital originals chart for the week ended May 19, according to Parrot Analytics Demand Expressions data.

The teen drama, centered around the suicide of a teenage girl, had ceded the top spot on the prior week’s chart to YouTube Red’s “Cobra Kai,” a sequel series to the classic The Karate Kid movie, despite a 43.4% spike in demand.

Demand in the current week rose nearly 7%, which combined with a nearly 12% drop in demand for “Cobra Kai” put “13 Reasons Why” back on top.

“13 Reasons Why,” with its difficult topic of teen suicide, is a controversial show. In the weeks leading up to its debut high schools around the country sent notices to parents, asking them to monitor their children as they watched the program.

In season two, showrunner Brian Yorkey has extended the narrative beyond the story of teenager Hannah Baker’s death and the “13 reasons” why she killed herself, according to a cassette recording she made and distributed to those she felt responsible.

Season two digs into the aftermath of Hannah’s suicide, and its impact on the community and her fellow students.

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” rose up a notch to No. 3, with modest 5% increase in demand, bumping “Arrested Development” down a spot to No. 4.

“Arrested Development” generated 20 million Demand Expressions in the week ended May 19, down from 26.8 million the prior week, but still managed to stay ahead of “Lost in Space,” which remained at No. 5 with an 11% drop in demand.

“Sense8” rose up to No. 6 on the digital originals chart (from No. 10 the prior week) after the debut of its final-seasaon trailer on May 17.

The modern science-fiction series had 13% more Demand Expressions than “Orange is the New Black,” which slipped to No. 10 from No. 9 the prior week.

Both series are currently on hiatus

For linear network broadcasters, May Sweeps is an annual pre-summer event filled with dramatic character exits, special guest stars, and unexpected plot twists.

Parrot Analytics’ overall TV series chart reflects this.

For the first time, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” is ranked at No. 1 in the domestic chart, followed by Nickelodeon’s “Spongebob Squarepants,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” and The CW’s “The Flash.”

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” (No. 5) had 7% more Demand Expressions than ABC’s “American Idol.”

The celebrated sketch recently finished its 43rd season.

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. 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.

YouTube Red Hits Top of Digital Originals Chart with ‘Cobra Kai’

YouTube Red took the top spot on the digital originals chart the week ended May 12 with “Cobra Kai,” according to Parrot Analytics Demand Expressions data.

“Cobra Kai,” a sequel series to the classic The Karate Kid movie, shot up to No. 1 with a whopping 154% increase in demand from the prior week, when it debuted in the top 10 at No. 6.

Demand for “Cobra Kai” was so great that it also popped up at No. 5 on the overall TV shows chart – ahead of even “The Game of Thrones.”

The comedy-drama series was produced by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg – the duo best known for the Harold & Kumar films. In the week ending May 12, “Cobra Kai” had 46.9 million Demand Expressions, up from 18.4 million Demand Expressions the prior week.

YouTube Red’s 10-episode first season of “Cobra Kai” debuted on May 2. On May 10, YouTube revealed that it was renewing the show for a second season.

The series relies heavily on nostalgia, blending in new characters with William Zabka and Ralph Macchio, holdovers from the original 1984 The Karate Kid movie. The series picks up 30 years after the events of the original film. Like the first, the second season will contain 10 30-minute episodes, and will debut on YouTube Red sometime in 2019. The first episode of “Cobra Kai” had 11 million views, three days after it premiered – and by May 14, it had racked up over 26 million views.

Elsewhere on the chart, Netflix titles also performed well. “13 Reasons Why,” No. 1 the previous week, continued to gain in demand, with a 43.4% spike to 40.2 million Demand Expressions on the back of the May 8 release of season two’s full-length trailer. But given the over-the-top performance of “Cobra Kai,” “13 Reasons” slipped to No. 2 on the digital originals chart.

Both “Arrested Development” (No. 3) and “Dear White People” (No. 6) posted impressive gains in demand as well, jumping up the chart by seven and 19 spots, respectively, over the last week. In both cases, new episodes are coming in May.

Demand for “The Handmaid’s Tale” has been remarkably steady been steady, with the dystopian series slipping to No. 4 from No. 3 the prior week despite a modest 5.7% gain in demand, week over 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. 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.