‘Stranger Things’ Keeps Top Spot on Parrot’s Demand Chart; ‘Orville’ Up to No. 3

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended Aug. 5, as well as Parrot’s list of overall TV shows. The series had a 10% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 153.5 times the demand of an average series.

The Amazon Prime Video superhero series “The Boys” remained No. 2 on the digital originals chart. It had a 2.9% drop in demand expressions to give it 41.6 times average demand. “The Boys” was No. 9 on Parrot’s list of overall TV series.

Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi series “The Orville,” which made the transition from the Fox network to Hulu for its third season, rose to No. 3 on the digital originals chart. It had a 5.3% rise in demand expressions to give it 34.4 times average demand. Though the third season began June 2, Parrot’s database continued to list it as a Fox series, and just now updated their system to place it among the digital originals. In the lead-up to the Aug. 4 finale, the third season became a top 20 performer on the overall TV series chart, and would have been the No. 4 digital original a week ago. Having a top five performance should be a positive factor as Disney considers whether to renew the show for a fourth season.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” slipped to No. 4 on the digital originals chart with 34.4 times average demand after a 1.6% rise in demand expressions.

Dropping to No. 5 was Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building.” It had 32 times average demand after a 2.9% rise in demand expressions.

No. 6 was HBO Max’s “Our Flag Means Death,” which had a 3.3% rise in demand expressions to give it 28.3 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 top non-streaming overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” at No. 2 with 75.9 times average demand.

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‘Stranger Things’ Keeps Top Spot on Parrot’s Demand Chart Through July 29

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended July 29, as well as Parrot’s list of overall TV shows. The series had a 12.1% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 171.3 times the demand of an average series.

The Amazon Prime Video superhero series “The Boys” remained No. 2 on the digital originals chart. It had an 18.6% drop in demand expressions to give it 41.6 times average demand. “The Boys” was No. 9 on Parrot’s list of overall TV series.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” stayed No. 3 on the digital originals chart with 34 times average demand after a 4.2% dip in demand expressions.

Holding at No. 4 was Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building.” It had 31.2 times average demand after a 2.6% drop in demand expressions.

A few shows jumped back into the top 10 thanks to news about them from San Diego Comic-Con. The Apple TV+ series “For All Mankind” climbed seven spots to No. 7 with a 6% rise in demand expressions after the announcement is has been renewed for a fourth season. The Paramount+ series “Star Trek: Picard” had a 36.6% rise in demand expressions, pushing it to No. 10 from No. 26 a week earlier, after a Comic-Con teaser featuring the characters of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

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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 top non-streaming overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” at No. 2 with 79.6 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.

 

Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Clobbered Weekly Streaming Competition Through July 3

Netflix continued its weekly dominance at the beginning of the month, logging seven of the Top 10 most-streamed programs across U.S. household television screens. Nielsen said the streamer’s quirky sci-fi series, “Stranger Things” generated a whopping 5.9 billion minutes across 34 episodes to easily topping Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy,” with more than 2.2 billion minutes across 20 episodes.

Universal Pictures’ Sing 2 (on Netflix) was third with 1.25 billion minutes, and Amazon Prime Video’s “The Terminal List” followed with 1.1 billion minutes across eight episodes.

‘Stranger Things’ Keeps Top Spot on Parrot’s Demand Chart; ‘Resident Evil’ Joins Top 10

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended July 22, as well as Parrot’s list of overall TV shows. The series had a 21.7% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 194.9 times the demand of an average series.

The Amazon Prime Video superhero series “The Boys” remained No. 2 on the digital originals chart. It had a 22.2% rise in demand expressions to give it 51.1 times average demand. “The Boys” was No. 7 on Parrot’s list of overall TV series.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” rose a spot to No. 3 with 35.5 times average demand after a 0.7% rise in demand expressions.

Up a spot to No. 4 was Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building.” It had 32.1 times average demand after a 3.7% drop in demand expressions.

HBO Max’s “Our Flag Means Death,” a comedy about a wealthy British fop who decides to become a pirate captain in the 18th century, rose two spots to No. 5. The show had 28.6 times average demand after a 6.5% drop in demand expressions.

No. 9 was Netflix’s “Resident Evil,” a new adaptation of the video game franchise. The series had a 255.3% spike in demand expressions after being released July 14, pushing it into the top 10 from No. 156 a week earlier. It had 25.7 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 top non-streaming overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” at No. 2 with 79.2 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.

 

‘Stranger Things’ Keeps Top Spot on Parrot’s Demand Charts Through July 15

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended July 15, as well as Parrot’s list of overall TV shows. The series had a 0.6% rise in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 249.1 times the demand of an average series. The final two extra-long episodes of its fourth season debuted July 1.

The Amazon Prime Video superhero series “The Boys” remained No. 2 on the digital originals chart as its third season concluded July 8. It had a 13.4% rise in demand expressions to give it 65.7 times average demand. “The Boys” was No. 3 on Parrot’s list of overall TV series.

Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” remained No. 3 on the digital originals chart with a 19.8% dip in demand expressions and 36.4 times the average series demand.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” was No. 4 with 35.3 times average demand after a 4.7% drop in demand expressions.

Up a spot to No. 5 was Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building,” which began its second season June 28 with weekly episodes thereafter. It had 33.4 times average demand after a 0.25% increase in demand expressions.

The Disney+ Marvel series “Ms. Marvel” climbed into the top 10 for the first time, up three spots to No. 9, with a 5.66% rise in demand expressions as its season finale arrived July 13, providing a tease for the upcoming film The Marvels. It had 27.9 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 top non-streaming overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” at No. 2 with 74.5 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.

 

Reelgood: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘The Bear,’ ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Top Weekly Streaming

With FX announcing the order for a second season, the kitchen dramedy “The Bear” keeps climbing up the list, taking the No. 2 spot on Reelgood.com’s weekly chart of most-streamed TV shows and movies through July 13. For the second consecutive week, Netflix’s “Stranger Things” season four conclusion reclaimed the No. 1 spot.

New on the list is the movie House of Gucci at No. 10 on Amazon Prime Video. AMC+ drama “Better Call Saul” finished the week at No. 7, just days after the premiere of its final batch of episodes.

The Reelgood top 10 ranking uses first-party data from its 5 million U.S. users’ interaction with movies and TV shows on the platform in real-time.

Top 10 Shows and Movies of the Week

1. “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
2. “The Bear” (Hulu)
3. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Disney+)
4. “The Terminal List” (Amazon Prime Video)
5. The Bad Guys (Peacock)
6. “The Old Man” (Hulu)
7. “Better Call Saul” (AMC+)
8. “The Boys” (Amazon Prime Video)
9. Last Night in Soho (HBO Max)
10 House of Gucci (Amazon Prime Video)

‘Stranger Things’ Keeps Top Spot on Parrot’s Demand Charts Through July 8

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended July 8, as well as Parrot’s list of overall TV shows. The series had a 39.9% rise in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 244.5 times the demand of an average series. The final two extra-long episodes of its fourth season debuted July 1.

The Amazon Prime Video superhero series “The Boys” remained No. 2 on the digital originals chart as its third season concluded July 8. It had a 0.9% rise in demand expressions to give it 57.2 times average demand. “The Boys” was No. 3 on Parrot’s list of overall TV series.

Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” remained No. 3 on the digital originals chart with an 18.3% dip in demand expressions and 44.8 times the average series demand. “Umbrella Academy” was No. 6 on Parrot’s list of overall TV series.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” was No. 4 with 36.5 times average demand after a 2.1% drop in demand expressions.

Up a spot to No. 5 was “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” on Paramount+, which bowed its first-season finale July 7. It had 35.3 times average demand after a 6.4% spike in demand expressions.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” dropped a spot to No. 6 with a 0.2% decline in demand expressions and 34.2 times average demand.

The Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso” had a 25.5% jump in demand expressions to push it up eight spots to No. 9 and 28.3 times average demand after it was revealed that series regular Brett Goldstein was cast as Hercules in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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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 top non-streaming overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” at No. 2 with 69.7 times average demand.

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PTC Report Finds Major Increase of Explicit Adult Content in Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’

An analysis of all four seasons of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” has allegedly found that the ‘TV-14’-rated program has steadily introduced more explicit adult content with each new season, resulting in an increase of uncensored profanity and graphic violence, according to new data from The Parents Television and Media Council, which describes itself as a non-partisan advocacy group.

“Stranger Things” has become a hit with multi-generational appeal, with subscribers having viewed 286.7 million hours of season four, according to the PTC.

“For a program with such multi-generational appeal, we were shocked to see the rapid rise of explicit adult content that includes profanity and graphic violence without Netflix increasing the ‘TV-14’ age rating to ‘TV-MA’,” Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television and Media Council, said in a statement.

Winter contends that words like ‘f*ck’ and ‘sh*t’ — which air uncensored in “Stranger Things” — were once unthinkable for dialogue on programs rated as appropriate for 13- and 14-year-old children.

“But on Netflix they have become ubiquitous,” he said.

The Parents Television and Media Council analyzed the program content of each episode of all four seasons of “Stranger Things” utilizing content filtering data from the streaming video company VidAngel.

VidAngel, which identifies in specific detail every kind of explicit content that may be found in select entertainment content programs streamed across the internet, was successfully sued in 2019 for $62 million by Hollywood studios, which claimed its software had illegally violated their copyrights.

The major findings of the PTC’s report, Stranger and More Explicit Things, include:

  • A 217% increase in profanity from season one to season four.
  • A 739% increase in the frequency of the word “sh*t” from season one to season four.
  • The show did not introduce the “f-word” until part-way through its second season, but then used it six times in season two, and five times in season three, and nine times in season four. It is useful here to remember that under the TVOMB content ratings system, the use of a single “f-word” on basic cable and expanded-basic cable television programming has traditionally triggered a ‘TV-MA’ content rating. And on broadcast television and radio, a single use of the “f-word” has run afoul of indecency laws enforced by the Federal Communications Commission.
  • A 307% increase in violence from season one to season four. Of note, season four’s first episode contains depictions of dead children.
  • A 705% increase in graphic violence from season one to season four.

 

Winters said the PTC report suggests that Netflix has opened the “profanity floodgates” for children — a finding he finds particularly troubling because Netflix streams programming to cell phones, laptop computers, pads and other devices that are routinely outside the purview of a parent.  And setting parental controls on those media devices based on a content rating will fail to do what parents expect, according to Winter.

“Netflix’s apparent desire to attract a broad audience would explain why the company — which has never shied away from the ‘TV-MA’ rating — rated ‘Stranger Things’ ‘TV-14,'” Winter said. “However, either the content is being rated inaccurately, or there has been considerable ‘ratings creep’ with the criteria used to determine an age-based rating. Neither option allows parents to do their job effectively.”

He said parents deserve a ratings system that is transparent and consistent across platforms.

“Our report suggests there to be a vastly different standard between streaming content and broadcast content — even if that content is similarly-rated,” Winter added. “If a ‘TV-14’ doesn’t mean the same thing on Netflix as it does on CBS, it is of little to no value to parents. Netflix must re-evaluate its content ratings for ‘Stranger Things’ immediately.”

A Netflix representative was not immediately available for comment.

Analyst: Netflix Streaming Use Dipped 4% in Q2

Netflix subscriber usage among its top 10 programs dropped around 4% in the second quarter, which ended June 30, compared with the previous-year period, according to new data from Piper Sandler analyst Thomas Champion.

Indeed, Netflix had a streaming hit with the fourth season of the original series “Stranger Things,” which tracked 7.2 billion minutes consumed across U.S. televisions a month ago. The tally is Netflix’s highest ever for an English-language show following the streamer’s global hit “Squid Game,” which tracked more than 1.6 billion hours in its first 28 days of release.

The analyst contends that while viewership of English-language programming increased 8% in Q2 over Q1, the initial response to “Stranger Things” was likely temporary.

“It’s possible COVID concealed an increasing crowded streaming market,” Champion wrote in a note.

Separately, the analyst believes Netflix could realize upwards of $1.4 billion in quarterly revenue from advertising. The streamer is planning to roll out a less-expensive ad-supported subscription tier by the end of the year. Champion said he believes the move could jumpstart sub growth, a good thing considering Netflix has projected an overall sub loss of 2 million in Q2.

Netflix reports second-quarter fiscal results on July 17.

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‘Stranger Things,’ ‘The Boys,’ ‘Umbrella Academy’ Lead on Parrot’s Digital Originals Demand Chart

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended July 1, as well as Parrot’s list of overall TV shows. The series had a 9% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 174 times the demand of an average series. The final two extra-long episodes of its fourth season debuted July 1, so it will likely see a huge increase in demand in the coming weeks as fans head to Netflix to watch them and discuss.

The Amazon Prime Video superhero series “The Boys” remained No. 2 on the digital originals chart as its third season continues. It had a 3.9% drop in demand expressions to give it 56.5 times average demand. “The Boys” was No. 3 on Parrot’s list of overall TV series.

Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” climbed to No. 3 on the digital originals chart with a 53.5% increase in demand expressions and 54.5 times the average series demand. “Umbrella Academy” was No. 4 on Parrot’s list of overall TV series.

Two Disney+ “Star Wars” series rounded out the top five. “The Mandalorian” was No. 4 with 37.2 times average demand after a 2.3% drop in demand expressions. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” dropped a spot to No. 5 with a 7.9% decline in demand expressions and 34.1 times average demand.

Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building” jumped nine spots to take No. 10, with a 31.7% increase in demand expressions after its June 28 second-season premiere. It had 29.3 times the average series 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 top non-streaming overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” at No. 2 with 65.8 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.