‘The Crown,’ ‘Ted Lasso’ Lead Streamer Sweep of Major Emmys

The Primetime Emmy Awards Sept. 19 saw streaming services win most of the major awards, with Netflix taking two of the three top Outstanding Series trophies at the ceremony telecast from Los Angeles and London on CBS.

The fourth season of Netflix’s “The Crown” swept the drama series categories, taking not only the top award, but also all four acting categories as well as writing and directing.

Acting trophies went to Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II for Lead Actress, Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles for Lead Actor, Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip for Supporting Actor, and Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher for Supporting Actress.

“The Crown” also won four awards at the Sept. 11-12 Creative Arts Emmys ceremonies, bringing its total to 11 — among them, Claire Foy, who played the queen in the first two seasons, won Outstanding Guest Actress for reprising the role in a flashback cameo. Season four of “The Crown” arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit also ended up with 11 total Emmy wins, taking two from the Sept. 19 ceremony, including Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series, and for directing.

It was Netflix’s first wins for both Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Limited Series.

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Apple TV+ also scored big with “Ted Lasso” winning Outstanding Comedy Series and three of the four acting awards — Jason Sudeikis for Lead Actor, Hannah Waddingham for Supporting Actress, and Brett Goldstein for Outstanding Supporting Actor. It won a total of seven trophies, including three Emmys from the technical categories a week earlier.

HBO’s Mare of Easttown won the bulk of the Limited or Anthology Series categories Sept. 19, with Kate Winslet winning Lead Actress, Evan Peters winning Supporting Actor, and Julianne Nicholson winning Supporting Actress. It had four total Emmys. Mare of Easttown arrived on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 14.

HBO Max’s “Hacks” won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Jean Smart, as well as comedy series writing and directing.

Disney+ content was largely shut out of the Sept. 19 awards, though it did win Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) for Hamilton, the filmed version of the famed stage musical.

A week earlier, Disney+ had won 13 Emmys, bringing its total for the year to 14. Its Creative Arts wins included three for “WandaVision,” the first Emmys for Marvel Studios — including Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the popular song “Agatha All Along.”

Meanwhile, “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” won seven trophies in the technical categories.

Netflix ended up with 44 Emmys this year, compared with 19 for HBO/HBO Max, and Apple TV+ with 10. HBO Max won its first Emmy Sept. 12 with Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for “The Flight Attendant.”

NBC was the top broadcast Network with eight, all for “Saturday Night Live.”

Data: ‘The Green Knight,’ ‘Ted Lasso’ Dominate August Streaming

A24’s The Green Knight, the critically acclaimed retelling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain, and the Apple TV+ original series “Ted Lasso” emerged as the most-streamed movie and TV show in August, according to new data from JustWatch.

Green Knight, which will street on 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray, DVD and digital on Oct. 12, topped catalog title Field of Dreams and The Suicide Squad from Aug. 1 to 31, according to JustWatch, an international streaming guide with more than 20 million users across 52 countries.

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Among TV shows, “Ted Lasso” bested HBO Max’s “The White Lotus” and Peacock’s “Yellowstone,” starring Kevin Costner. This year “Lasso” garnered 20 Emmy nominations. After being snubbed in 2020, “Yellowstone” generated one Emmy nomination this year: “Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program.”

‘Stranger Things’ Stays No. 1 on Parrot’s Digital Originals Chart; ‘Ted Lasso’ Up to No. 2

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended Aug. 13. The series had 49.9 times the demand of an average series after a 16.1% rise in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity. “Stranger Things” was No. 3 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

The Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso” climbed to No. 2 on the digital originals chart, pulling in 36.9 times demand for an average series after a 3.9% rise in demand expressions. The show stars Jason Sudeikis as a cheerful American football coach hired to oversee an English soccer team.

The superhero series “Titans” jumped up three spots to No. 3 after completing its move to HBO Max, where the first three episodes of the show’s third season were made available Aug. 12. This gave the show a 26.1% bump in demand expressions, pushing it to 36.8 times the demand for an average show.

“Loki,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe series from Disney+, dropped to No. 4. The series had 36.2 times the demand of an average series after a 4.3% dip in demand expressions.

The Netflix teen drama “Outer Banks” slipped a spot to No. 5 on the digital originals chart. It had 32.3 times the demand of an average show after a 0.35% drop in demand expressions.

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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 73.6 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.


Data: ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Tops ‘Jungle Cruise’ for Most-Streamed Movie Through Aug. 1

A Quiet Place Part II on Paramount+ and Apple TV+’s popular series “Ted Lasso” were the most-streamed movie and TV show for the week ended Aug. 1, according to new data from JustWatch.

The international streaming guide tracks SVOD streaming habits of 20 million monthly users across 47 countries, including the United States.

Notably, A Quiet Place Part II topped PVOD access to Jungle Cruise on Disney+, according to JustWatch. While Disney said the Premier Access release generated more than 1 million subs paying $29.99 to own the sequel, the reality that A Quiet Place Part II was available for free to Paramount+ subs drove viewership.

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In addition, the Nicolas Cage-starrer Pig on Hulu also topped Jungle Cruise. The low-budget drama generated more $2.6 million in limited theatrical run in the U.S.

‘Ted Lasso’ Scores Big With Viewers on Apple TV+

Ahead of Apple’s upcoming earnings report, research firm Parrot Analytics July 27 reported that its data shows that season two of “Ted Lasso” debuted as one of the most in-demand TV shows in the United States and around the world over the weekend.

As of July 24, the Jason Sudeikis-fronted comedy was the eighth-most in-demand overall show in the U.S., generating 41.2 times more audience demand than the average show. It was also the second-most in-demand digital original in the United States, just behind Disney+’s “Loki.”

Globally, Ted Lasso was the 18th-most in-demand overall show, and the seventh-most in-demand digital original.

The series revolves around Ted Lasso, an American college football coach who is unexpectedly recruited to coach an English Premier League team, AFC Richmond, even though he has no experience in coaching soccer. The series premiered in August 2020.

Audience demand for the show’s debut has grown exponentially season over season, Parrot Analytics says, and “Ted Lasso” been a key driver of Apple TV+’s demand share growth over the last year.

“With ‘Ted Lasso’’s weekly release schedule — a strategy proven to build audience demand over time — we expect to see these already impressive numbers to grow further over the coming weeks,” Parrot Analytics reported.

Parrot Analytics employs a 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.

Is Apple TV+ a Loss Leader?

NEWS ANALYSIS — Is Apple serious about the Apple TV+ subscription streaming service?

Apple TV+  launched in November 2019, ahead of Disney+, with a smattering of original shows and free 12-month access to anyone who bought an Apple device.

Fast forward to the present and the free trial has been expanded into 2021. Apple entered the year with a few hits — “The Morning Show” with Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carrel; “Ted Lasso” with Jason Sudeikis; navy wartime drama Greyhound, starring Tom Hanks — and even bigger consumer indifference.

While the consumer tech giant has never released subscriber count details, new 2020 year-end data from MoffettNathason found that 62% of Apple TV+ subs were on the free trial, and 29% accessing the service for free planned to drop it when it came time to pay the $4.99 monthly fee.

A year ago, Ampere Analysis suggested Apple TV+ had about 33 million subscribers, including free trials, with the tally expected to reach 40 million by the end of 2020.

The analyst firm and others contend Apple is largely unfazed by its sluggish SVOD start in comparison to high-profile Disney+, HBO Max and NBCUniversal’s Peacock. Some proof lies in content spend. While Netflix and others lavish billions on original movies and TV shows, Apple, despite having hundreds of billions of free cash at its disposal, has been slow to pull the trigger on big-budget productions.

“Apple is still not all-in on making Apple TV+ originals a focal point,” MoffettNathanson wrote.

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And why should it be? Apple saw a $14 billion increase in revenue in fiscal 2020 to $275 billion. That’s 56% of Netflix’s annual revenue! Services revenue increased 16% to $53.8 billion. Services includes subscription revenue and digital sales of movies and TV shows on Apple TV.

In addition, Apple mirrors Disney’s ESPN+/Hulu/Disney+ bundle offering AppleTV+ with Apple Music+, Apple News+, Apple Fitness+ and Apple Arcade in so-called “Apple One” bundles priced from $14.95 monthly.

“Apple could have easily leveraged Apple One to specifically prop up Apple TV+ but all it really did was again make it a throw-in,” wrote analyst The Entertainment Oracle. “For some people that’s fine, but again when you look at the point of the bundles, the hope from a number of investors was it would help Apple TV+ be more competitive.”

Apple reports first-quarter fiscal 2021 results Jan. 27.