‘Loki’ Remains Atop Parrot’s Digital Originals Chart

“Loki,” the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe series from Disney+, remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended July 30, its second consecutive week in the top spot. The series had 41.5 times the demand of an average series after a 5.8% dip in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity. “Loki” was No. 7 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” remained No. 2 with 38 times the demand of an average series and a 6.5% drop in demand expressions.

The Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso” climbed to No. 3 on the digital originals chart, pulling in 37.8 times demand for an average series after a 15.5% jump in demand expressions following the July 23 premiere of its second season.

That pushed the Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” down a spot to No. 4 on the digital originals chart. It garnered 35.5 times the demand of the average show after a 6.6% rise in demand expressions. The week saw the release of a poster of Grogu (aka Baby Yoda) building a lightsaber with the help of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

Another Disney+ Marvel series, “WandaVision” dropped to No. 5 on the digital originals chartwith an 8.9% drop in demand expressions, giving it 31.6 times average demand.

The biggest jump into the top 10 for the week was Netflix’s “Masters of the Universe: Revelation,” an animated series that serves as a spiritual sequel to the famed 1980s “He-Man” cartoon. It rose to No. 8 with the premiere of its first five episodes July 23, up from No. 71 the previous week, a 166% spike in demand expressions that pushed it to 27.4 times the demand of the average show. Time will tell if the increase in online impressions is due to genuine interest in the show or the seemingly constant barrage of fans complaining about it for taking the story in a direction they don’t like.

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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 73.8 times average demand.

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Disney+’s ‘What If …’ Top Anticipated New Show in August

Disney+’s “What If …” was the top anticipated new show on the TV Time chart for August.

The Marvel Universe animated anthology series, debuting Aug. 11, explores major Marvel moments had they gone differently.

Two new Hulu shows took the second and third spots on the chart. “Nine Perfect Strangers” (No. 2) is based on the New York Times bestseller about a health and wellness resort and debuts Aug. 18. “Only Murders in the Building” (No. 3) is a comedy murder mystery series and hits screens Aug. 31.

Topping the anticipated returning shows chart for July was NBC’s long-running cop comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The show’s eighth season debuts Aug. 12.

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TV Time, owned by Whip Media, 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.

Most Anticipated New Shows for August:

  1. “What If …” (Disney+) — Aug. 11
  2. “Nine Perfect Strangers” (Hulu) — Aug. 18
  3. “Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu) — Aug. 31
  4. “Heels” (Starz) — Aug. 15
  5. “The Chair” (Netflix) — Aug. 20

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for August:

  1. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) — Aug. 12
  2. “American Horror Story” (FX) — Aug. 26
  3. “Control Z” (Netflix) — Aug. 4
  4. “Titans” (2018)(HBO Max) — Aug. 12
  5. “See” (Apple TV+) — Aug. 27

‘Dino Ranch’ Preschool Series Renewed for Second Season on Disney Junior and Disney+

The animated preschool series “Dino Ranch” has been renewed for a second season at Disney, the production company Boat Rocker announced. Season two will air on Disney Junior and Disney+ in the United States and Latin America beginning in 2022.

“Dino Ranch” has received an incredible response from kids and parents around the world and we couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to produce a second season,” Michel Pratte, president of Boat Rocker Media and GM of Boat Rocker Studios, said in a statement. “The show is a shining example of franchise IP for Boat Rocker and we are looking forward to continuing to build brand affinity and engagement love for ‘Dino Ranch’ with our partners.”

“We’re very excited to continue our strong partnership with Disney for ‘Dino Ranch,’” Jon Rutherford, president of Boat Rocker Studios, kids & family, and rights, said in a statement. “Disney’s incredible support, along with the show’s ability to resonate with audiences through its unique blend of dinosaurs, family, and engaging storytelling has helped us achieve immediate success. With Season two, we plan on deepening engagement with our fans by unveiling new characters and locations, and many new thrilling adventures with the Cassidy family.”

“Dino Ranch” takes place on a working farm, home to the tight-knit Cassidy family: Ma (Jane), Pa (Bo), and their three adopted kids, Jon, Min, and Miguel. But it isn’t an ordinary ranch. The Cassidy family is in charge of rounding up, riding and caring for a lively herd of racing, roaring dinosaurs who are also their best friends.

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Boat Rocker has developed a licensing program for “Dino Ranch,” partnering with Jazwares on a line of “Dino Ranch”-themed toys that will be available in fall 2021. The company is also working with publishing partner Scholastic to design and produce a range of “Dino Ranch” readers, sticker storybooks, novelty, activity books, and audiobooks with products due to launch in the fall. Further licensees have been secured in the United States for apparel, bedding and bath, watches, Halloween costumes, and costume characters for live events.

“Dino Ranch” was created by Matt Fernandes (of Industrial Brothers) and is produced by Industrial Brothers and Boat Rocker Studios, in association with CBC Kids and Radio-Canada. Boat Rocker Studios manages global franchise development, including content distribution and consumer products. Animation services for season two of “Dino Ranch” will be provided by Boat Rocker’s Jam Filled Entertainment.

Disney/Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Arrives Early on Digital Aug. 10, and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc/DVD Sept. 14

Disney-owned Marvel Studios has announced that superhero theatrical/PVOD hit Black Widow is arriving early on all major digital platforms on Aug. 10, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Sept. 14.

The movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, generated $322 million at the global box office, including $155 million domestically. It also generated more than $60 million in Premier Access revenue its first weekend as an add-on to Disney+. The retail release will be available in Ultra HD and immersive Dolby Atmos audio, along with never-before-seen bonus footage, including nine deleted scenes, bloopers and featurettes.

In the action-packed spy thriller, Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Along with Johansson, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour portrays Alexei/The Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz is Melina. Black Widow, the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige.

Extras include:

  • Bloopers — Take a look at some of the fun mishaps on set with the cast and crew of “Black Widow.”
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Grocery Shopping — Natasha heads into a grocery store to prepare for her journey through Norway. After a long drive, she arrives at her destination: a mysterious trailer in the middle of nowhere.
    • Bike Chase — Tailed by assailants, Natasha and Yelena speed through the city in order to escape their nemeses.
    • Gulag Fight — Alexei squares up against several enemies and is quickly overpowered. When all hope seems lost, Natasha leaps in to lend a hand in the fight.
    • Smile — The Taskmaster protocol is activated in a tense moment, and an iconic helmet is unveiled.
    • Come After Me — Secretary Ross and Mason discover an important message Natasha left behind.
    • Walk and Talk — Alexei and Melina have a playful exchange. The Taskmaster arrives and faces off with Alexei.
    • Widows in Training — Yelena and Alexei awaken in captivity. Melina hands the Taskmaster vials while the Widows train.
    • Kiss — Alexei and Melina reunite after the action. Natasha grieves over an untimely demise in the brutal aftermath.
    • Ohio — Natasha witnesses the carefree nature of the Ohio suburbs through the neighborhood children.
  • Filmmaker Introduction Featurette — Director Cate Shortland introduces the film and her vision for it.
  • Sisters Gonna Work It Out Featurette — Watch Scarlett and Florence as they train, fight, and bond to become the sister duo in Black Widow. Listen as the cast and crew discuss the characters, rigorous training, and building the dynamic between the two fearsome siblings.
  • Go Big If You’re Going Home Featurette — Step back to appreciate the size and scale of “Black Widow”’s solo film. Shot around the world, the film balances family and drama with mind-blowing action. The cast and crew reveal the intricacies of stunts that made the film so action-packed.

‘Loki’ Back on Top of Parrot’s Digital Originals Chart Following Season Finale

“Loki,” the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe series from Disney+, returned to No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended July 23. It had been No. 1 two weeks earlier before slipping to No. 2 a week ago. The series had 44.1 times the demand of an average series after a 1.9% dip in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity. The “Loki” season one finale debuted July 14, ending with a confirmation that there would be a season two. “Loki” was No. 6 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” dropped back to No. 2 with 40.7 times the demand of an average series and an 11.4% drop in demand expressions. It was No. 8 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

Another Disney+ Marvel series, “WandaVision” climbed a spot to No. 3 on the digital originals chartwith a 1.7% rise in demand expressions, giving it 34.7 times average demand as it picked up a slew of Emmy nominations.

The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” dropped a spot to No. 4 on the digital originals chart, garnering 33.4 times the demand of the average show after a 4.7% drop in demand expressions.

The Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso” rose to No. 5 on the digital originals chart, pulling in 32.8 times demand for an average series after an 11.3% jump in demand expressions surrounding the July 23 premiere of its second season.

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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 71.9 times average demand.

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Nielsen: ‘Manifest,’ ‘Luca’ Top Weekly Streamed TV Show, Movie Through June 27

Netflix’s pick-up of canceled NBC TV series “Manifest” continued to pay dividends for the streaming behemoth, generating a whopping 2 billion minutes streamed across 29 episodes on U.S. household televisions for the week ending June 27, according to new data from Nielsen.

The series, which tracked 2.49 billion minutes in its premiere over-the-top video week, stayed atop the chart for the second consecutive week, besting Disney+ original movie Luca with 1.7 billion minutes. “Loki” finished No. 1 for original TV shows with 713 million minutes streamed across three episodes on Disney+.

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Licensed TV Shows:

Movies:
Rank

SVOD Provider

Program Name

Number of Episodes

Minutes Streamed
(Millions)

1 DISNEY+ LOKI 3 713
2 NETFLIX LUCIFER 83 603
3 AMAZON BOSCH 64 423
4 NETFLIX WORKIN’ MOMS 57 394
5 NETFLIX SWEET TOOTH 8 359
6 NETFLIX BLACK SUMMER 15 297
7 HULU THE HANDMAID’S TALE 46 266
8 NETFLIX WORLD’S MOST AMAZING VACATION RENTALS 8 253
9 NETFLIX TOO HOT TO HANDLE 13 190
10 NETFLIX ELITE 31 171

Original Movies:

Rank

SVOD Provider

Program Name

Number

Minutes Streamed
(Millions)

1 DISNEY+ LUCA (2021) 1 1,710
2 NETFLIX FATHERHOOD (2021) 1 885
3 NETFLIX THE ICE ROAD (2021) 1 714
4 DISNEY+ RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON 1 407
5 NETFLIX WISH DRAGON (2021) 1 346
6 NETFLIX GOOD ON PAPER (2021) 1 279
7 NETFLIX HOME (2015) 1 136
8 DISNEY+ MOANA 1 135
9 NETFLIX THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES 1 131
10 DISNEY+ CRUELLA 1 101

Billie Eilish Concert Film to Premiere Exclusively on Disney+ Sept. 3

The Billie Eilish concert film Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles will premiere globally Sept. 3 on Disney+.

Off the heels of her new album Happier than Ever, the Disney+ original will feature a performance of every song  in the album’s sequential order — for the first and only time — from the stage of the Hollywood Bowl. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and by Oscar-winner Patrick Osborne, the special will also include animated elements, taking viewers on a dreamlike journey through Billie’s hometown of Los Angeles and its most iconic backdrops. Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles features Finneas, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, and world renowned Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, with orchestra arrangements by David Campbell.

“Disney is incredibly iconic, so to collaborate on something like this is a huge honor,” Eilish said in a statement. “To be able to present my album in this way and dedicate it to the city that I love and grew up in is so exciting to me. I hope you love it.”

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“We are all huge admirers of Billie and Finneas here in our household. They are such impressive, world class talents that it’s a real honor to work with them on this film,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “The way the narrative story and animated pieces weave through her incredible concert performance, makes this a spectacular event that is truly unique.”

“Billie has captivated fans around the world with her soulful voice and raw, honest lyrics, and we are proud to bring this incredibly cinematic and unique concert experience to Disney+,” Michael Paull, president, Disney+ and ESPN+, said in a statement.

Animated Series ‘Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life’ Premieres on Disney+ July 28

The new animated series “Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life” will premiere Wednesday, July 28, on the Disney+ streaming service.

Comprised of three stories running seven-minutes each, the show follows the chipmunk troublemakers Chip and Dale, trying to live the good life in a big city park while having giant-sized, sky-high adventures. In their perpetual pursuit of acorns, these ultimate underdogs are joined by Pluto, Butch and other iconic Disney characters as they face down bullies great and small.

New episodes of the 12-episode series will debut weekly.

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Parrot Analytics: Netflix Share of Streaming Business Sinks to Record Lows

As Netflix prepares to announce its latest earnings, Parrot Analytics data released early on July 20 suggests the streaming giant’s share of digital original audience demand during the second quarter of this year sunk to record lows, dropping to 48.3% globally and just 46% in the United States.

This is the first quarter Parrot has ever measured in which Netflix’s digital original demand share slipped below 50% globally, the research company reported. The 48.3% share is down from 50.1% in Q1 2021, and down from 54.9% Q2 2020.

Meanwhile, Disney+ grew its share from 6.0% to 7.3% globally on the back of its original Marvel content.

Netflix’s 46% U.S. share is also a record low for a quarter, representing a 2.1% drop from Q1 2021 and a 5.3% drop from Q2 2020.

Disney+ grew its audience share from 7.0% to 8.1% in the U.S. thanks to the success of Marvel hits “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “Loki.”

“These latest numbers follow a steady trend of shrinking dominance for Netflix in the industry, that was spurred on by the launches of Disney+ and Apple TV+ in November 2019,” Parrot stated. “These platforms, along with HBO Max, Paramount+ and more, continue to establish themselves with consumers and grow their subscriptions numbers by releasing highly in-demand original content. Netflix has struggled to push out breakthrough original content in the last few quarters — with the exception of season three of ‘Cobra Kai’ — and likely won’t have another massive original hit until Q4 with season two of ‘The Witcher.'”

The Parrot report concludes, “Netflix is still the global leader in the streaming space, but its lack of new hit original programming and the increased competition from other streamers is going to ultimately have a negative impact on subscriber growth and retention.”

‘Stranger Things’ Returns Atop Parrot Digital Originals Chart, Pushing ‘Loki’ Back to No. 2

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” returned to No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended July 17. The series had 45.4 times the demand of an average series after a 7.6% rise in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity. It was No. 5 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

“Loki,” the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe series from Disney+, dropped to No. 1 after a week in the top spot. The series had 44.3 times the demand of an average series after a 3% rise in demand expressions. The “Loki” season one finale debuted July 14, ending with a confirmation that there would be a season two. “Loki” was No. 7 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian”remained No. 3 on the digital originals chart, garnering 34.2 times the demand of the average show after a 0.2% drop in demand expressions.

Another Disney+ Marvel series, “WandaVision” stayed No. 4 with a 10.5% rise in demand expressions, giving it 34 times average demand.

HBO Max’s “Titans” moved up three spots to No. 5 after a 30.3% jump in demand expressions, giving it 31.8 times average demand.

The series that showed the most movement during the week was Netflix’s “The Witcher,” which climbed six spots to No. 6 on the digital originals chart. It had a 32.6% rise in demand expressions and 31 times average demand following the announcement of its season two release date and trailer during WitcherCon.

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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 75.1 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.