‘Mandalorian’ Keeps No. 1 Spot on Parrot’s TV Charts; ‘The Expanse’ Enters Digital Originals Top 10

The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” topped Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings for a ninth-straight week the week ended Dec. 19, and also held onto the top spot on Parrot’s list of all TV shows for a seventh week. It had 125.8 times the demand of an average TV series for the week and saw a 0.91% rise in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity.

The finale of the second season of “The Mandalorian” debuted Dec. 18, and its action-packed ending is likely to keep it high on the charts for the next week as fans have time to process the episode.

“The Mandalorian” continues to give a boost to other “Star Wars” properties, most notably the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” which remained at No. 3 on the digital originals chart with 47.7 times average demand, though expressions were down 6.3%.

The Amazon Prime Video series “The Expanse” climbed into the digital originals top 10 at No. 7, up eight spots from the previous week due to a 65.9% jump in demand expressions after the premiere of its fifth season. The show had 38.1 times average demand.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” rose three spots to No. 2 on the digital originals chart, with 50.1 times average demand and expressions up 16.8%. During the week fans were able to watch the cast members of the show play a real game of Dungeons & Dragons on YouTube.

Hulu’s revival of the animated series “Animaniacs” dropped two spots to No. 4 on the digital originals chart. It had a 13.5% drop in demand expressions to give it 45.6 times average demand.

Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” climbed a spot to No. 5. With anticipation for the third season of the “Karate Kid” spinoff arriving in January, demand expressions were up 9.5%, giving the show 45.3 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+.

After “Mandalorian,” The No. 2 overall TV series remained “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 89.5 times average demand. “Stranger Things” was No. 7 and “Clone Wars” was No. 8.

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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.

Amazon Streaming ‘The Expanse,’ Greenlights Season 4 Production

Amazon Jan. 22 announced it will exclusively stream the first three seasons of sci-fi drama “The Expanse” to Prime members in over 200 countries and territories on Feb. 8. Seasons 1-2 are currently available only in the U.S. on Prime Video and SyFy.com.

The series, which launched in 2015, is also broadcast on NBC Universal’s SyFy network.

Based on novels by James S. A. Corey, “The Expanse” is an award-winning political science fiction series set hundreds of years in the future.

Humans have colonized the solar system with The United Nations controlling Earth and an independent military power inhabiting Mars. Desperate for air and water, the series begins with Earth and Mars on the verge of war over the resources found in the Asteroid Belt. With few options for survival, allies struggle to fight over the future of humanity.

Prime Video will be the new home to Season 4, which launches later this year.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos made the announcement last May at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles, where the cast and showrunner were in attendance.

Co-created and written by Academy Award nominees Mark Fergus (Iron Man) and Hawk Otsby (Children of Men), the series stars three-time Golden Globe nominee Thomas Jane (Deep Blue Sea), Oscar-nominee Shohreh Asgdashloo (Star Trek: Beyond), Steve Strait (The Covenant), Dominique Tipper (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Wes Chatam (The Hunger Games), Cas Anvar (Punisher: War Zone), Frankie Adams (Mortal Engines) and Shawn Doyle (Frequency), Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead),  Florence Faivre (The Sia Renaissance), and Cara Gee (Empire of Dirt).