‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 3 on Disc Nov. 19

The Handmaid’s Tale: Season Three will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 19 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The third season of the Award-winning Hulu series is driven by June’s (Elisabeth Moss) resistance to the dystopian regime of Gilead, in which she finds herself once again after opting not to flee to Canada with her baby at the end of the second season. Now, she will struggle to strike back against the regime despite overwhelming odds.

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The season three cast includes Cherry Jones and Bradley Whitford, who each recently won Emmys for guest acting in the second season. The cast also includes Christopher Meloni, Elizabeth Reaser, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, Ann Dowd, O-T Fagbenle, Max Minghella and Samira Wiley.

The disc includes the featurette “Power Play: Gilead’s Women Fight Back.”

‘Black Mirror’ Tops Parrot Analytics Digital Originals Chart

“Black Mirror,” the Netflix anthology series that some critics have likened to a modern-day “Twilight Zone,” shot up to No. 1 from No. 4 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart the week ended June 15.

The series, which often revolves around the unanticipated consequences of new technologies, generated more than 66.4 million average daily Demand Expressions during the week, Parrot says, a nearly 60% spike from the prior week.

The gain came after the June 5 debut of Season 5.

“Black Mirror” ended a three-week run at No. 1 for “Stranger Things,” which slipped to No. 2 with 62.9 million average daily Demand Expressions, a nearly 12% increase from the prior week. The series will likely reclaim the top spot in the coming weeks, as Season 3 is set to debut on July 4.

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Demand Expressions is a proprietary Parrot Analytics metric that 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.

“Black Mirror,” which premiered in December 2011, and ran for two seasons, on British television, was acquired by Netflix in September 2015. Two six-episode seasons debuted in October 2016 and December 2017, respectively. A standalone interactive film, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, was released last December.

Demand for third-ranked “When They See Us,” the controversial miniseries about the Central Park Five that was created, co-written, and directed by Ava DuVernay for Netflix, remained relatively flat, with 51.4 million average daily Demand Expressions compared to 52.5 million the prior week.

The four-episode drama series is based on the notorious 1989 Central Park jogger case, in which five juveniles – four black and one Latino – were sent to prison for allegedly raping a white woman jogger. They were exonerated after the real rapist confessed, but by then had already served their time.

“Lucifer,” based on a character from the DC Comics comic-book series “The Sandman,” slipped to No. 4 from No. 3 the prior week, with a 10% drop in demand.

Rounding out the top five on the digital originals chart was Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the same ranking as in the previous 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.

‘Umbrella Academy,’ ‘Doom Patrol’ Take Top Two Spots on Parrot Analytics Digital Originals Chart

Demand for the premiere of Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” on Feb. 15 was high enough to push the comic book adaptation to No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart for the week ended Feb. 23.

The number of average daily Demand Expressions soared to 41.7 million from 14.9 million the prior week, a 180% gain.

“The Umbrella Academy” is based on the decade-old Dark Horse Comics series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. The Netflix adaptation centers around a dysfunctional band of adopted sibling superheroes who team up to investigate their father’s death – and the threat of an apocalypse.

The series is produced by Borderline Entertainment, Dark Horse Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions and features an ensemble cast that includes Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and Mary J. Blige.

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DC Universe’s “Doom Patrol,” which launched on the same day as “The Umbrella Academy,” debuted at No. 1 on the weekly digital originals chart, with approximately 28.3 million Demand Expressions, nearly twice as many as in the prior week.

“Doom Patrol” is the third series from DC Universe and is following the new streaming services’ two earlier shows, “Titans” and “Young Justice,” with top-tier debuts on the weekly digital originals chart.

“We expect both of these alternative superhero titles to maintain a hold on top chart positions over multiple weeks to come,” Parrot Analytics says.

Demand Expressions is a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. The 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.

Elsewhere on the chart, “The Dragon Prince” ranks as the sixth most in-demand digital original series in the United States following the Feb. 15 debut of season 2. The fantasy computer-animated series from Netflix is set in a mystical world where humans and elves are in conflict. Audiences were clearly eager to get a look at the new diverse story lines as the show realized a 108% spike in demand from the previous week.

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” No. 1 the previous week, slipped to No. 9, with a 22.3% drop in demand.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and DC Universe’s “Titans” each slipped a spot to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

Holding firm at No. 5 was Marvel’s “The Punisher,” the last of the Marvel shows to air on Netflix and the most recent one to be canceled.

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.

 

New Episodes Push ‘One Day at a Time’ Onto Parrot Analytics Top 10 Digital Originals Chart

The premiere of the third season of Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” helped push the comedy series up to No. 4 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart for the week ended Feb. 16.  Average daily Demand Expressions for the show rose to 26.3 million, up 124% from the previous week when the show was ranked No. 25. New episodes were released Feb. 8.

Meanwhile, a couple of shows whose third seasons are still months away grabbed the top two spots.

Social media buzz for the Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” kept the dystopian drama at No. 1. Though the third season doesn’t debut until June 5, pictures of the production filming in Washington, D.C., the past week have been stirring up online chatter, as the handmaid costume has become a favorite among political protesters. Expressions rose to 30.1 million, up from 29.2 million the previous week after the trailer for the third season had pushed the show into back into the top spot.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” moved up a spot to No. 2, its expressions up 6.5% to 28.4 million. The third season won’t arrive on the streaming service until July 4.

Demand Expressions is a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. The 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.

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DC Universe’s “Titans” dropped a spot to No. 3, with 26.6 million expressions.

Marvel’s “Daredevil,” from Netflix, rounded out the top five with 25 million expressions, up 1% from the previous week. Its companion series, “The Punisher,” which Netflix canceled Feb. 18 (after the reporting period), was No. 7 with 21.4 million expressions, down 16% and two chart spots from a week earlier.

Sandwiched between them at No. 6 was CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery,” and its 23.9 million expressions, down 7% from a week earlier. The sci-fi series is in the midst of its second seasons, with new episodes debuting every Thursday.

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.

‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Russian Doll’ Big Winners Among Digital Originals, Parrot Says

Demand for the perennially popular “The Handmaid’s Tale” spiked 53% on the heels of the release of a season 3 teaser trailer, pushing the dystopian Hulu drama series to the No. 1 spot on the digital originals chart for the week that ended Feb. 9, according to Parrot Analytics.

The previous week, “The Handmaid’s Tale” was ranked No. 14. The Feb. 3 release of the trailer saw the number of average daily Demand Expressions rise to 29.2 million from 19 million the week before.

The biggest winner, however, was Netflix’s “Russian Doll,” a quirky comedy starring Natasha Lyonne as a software engineer who repeatedly dies and relives her 36th birthday party night in an ongoing loop.

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The series, which also stars Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Charlie Barnett and Elizabeth Ashley, premiered Feb. 1. During the week that ended Feb. 9, the average number of daily Demand Expressions soared a whopping 374% to 21 million, landing the series in the top 10 with a No. 8 debut.

Demand Expressions is a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. The 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.

The prior week’s top digital original, “Marvel’s The Punisher,” from Netflix, fell to No. 5, with a 13.5% drop in demand.

Similar, “Stranger Things,” also from Netflix, held onto the No. 3 spot despite a 6.2% decline in the number of average daily Demand Expressions.

Rounding out the top five on the digital originals chart was “Star Trek: Discovery,” with new episodes in the CBS All Access science-fiction series to the No. 4 position on the digital originals chart, up from No. 6 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.

Hulu Tops 25 Million Subs

Hulu on Jan. 8 announced it added 8 million subscribers in 2018 to bring its year-end total to 25 million subscribers across its subscription on demand (SVOD) and live TV plans in the United States.

That’s a  47% year-over-year increase in subscribers for Hulu, although the subscription streamer did not break out how many subscribers only use its SVOD service.

“Consumers have spoken loudly about their desire for more choice and control in their TV experience. They are seeing the enormous benefits of streaming, they’re deciding which content and brands are most important to them, and they’re choosing Hulu,” Hulu CEO Randy Freer said in a statement.

Hulu said one of the more notable viewing trends it saw in 2018 was that consumers place a great deal of value on having a comprehensive, flexible viewing experience. Viewers who subscribe to Hulu + Live TV spend 50%  of their time watching on-demand or recorded programming. Accordingly, Hulu invested significantly in securing exclusive content and enhancing its streaming technology to support a superior experience across its live and on-demand plans.

Also in 2018, Hulu expanded its on-demand library to more than 85,000 episodes in 2018, adding more current series to its roster including “The Good Doctor,” “Killing Eve,” “The Orville,” “Superstore” and “Grown-ish.”

Hulu announced it grew its advertising revenue more than 45% to nearly $1.5 billion – the most in the Hulu’s history – and increased its advertiser base by 50%.

The median age of a Hulu viewer is 32 – nearly 25 years younger than the average broadcast TV viewer (56) – and the average annual household income of a Hulu viewer rose to $93,000 in 2018, according to the company.

Binge viewing is prevalent on Hulu. Looking at the top 100 shows on Hulu, over half of all viewing sessions consist of three or more episodes of the same series, the company announced.

Following its two Golden Globe wins for Season 1, Hulu’s hit drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” returned in Season 2 with a 76% gain in total consumption compared to Season 1.

“Castle Rock” was Hulu’s highest performing new original of 2018 and was the second-highest performing Hulu Original this year, behind “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Bye-Bye ‘Sabrina,’ ‘Narcos: Mexico’ is the New No. 1 Digital Original

After two weeks of racing up the digital originals chart, “Narcos: Mexico” dislodged “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” to claim the top chart position the week that ended Dec. 1, according to Parrot Analytics data.

The Netflix series about the Mexican drug wars generated an average of 36.5 million daily Demand Expressions, about the same as last week.

But demand for “Sabrina” dropped 8% to 34.3 million average daily Demand Expressions, pushing the dark teen witch series down a notch to No. 2 on the digital originals chart after five weeks at No. 1, according to Parrot Analytics.

Demand Expressions is a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. The 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.

“Stranger Things” held down the No. 3 spot despite a 12.4% drop in demand, while “Marvel’s Daredevil” repeated at No. 4, despite word that Netflix is canceling the series after three seasons.

Rounding out the top five on the digital originals chart was “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which shot back up the chart to No. 5 from No. 8 the prior week with a nearly 23% spike in demand.

It was also a good week for Netflix’s historical drama “The Last Kingdom,” which rose five spots to become the week’s No. 6 digital original thanks to a 16.2% increase in demand.

“The Last Kingdom” is a British historical fiction show based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories novels. Originally seen on the BBC, season 3 became available exclusively on Netflix on Nov. 19. A fourth season is in the works.

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.

‘Narcos: Mexico,’ ‘Big Mouth’ Top Gainers on Digital Originals Chart

A nearly 60% spike in demand for “Narcos: Mexico” sent the Netflix series about the Mexican drug wars racing up the digital originals chart for the week that ended Nov. 24, according to Parrot Analytics data.

The show finished the week at No. 2, up from No. 6 the prior week, when it debuted, with average daily Demand Expressions soaring to 36.9 million from 23 million the week before.

“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” remained No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week, despite a 20% decline in demand to 37.4 million average daily Demand Expressions, Parrot Analytics data shows.

Demand Expressions is a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. The 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.

Big gains in demand also were seen for “Big Mouth,” the adult animated sitcom – also on Netflix – that is based on co-creators Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg’s middle school years in Westchester County, New York, with Kroll voicing his fictional self.

“Big Mouth” re-entered the top 10 digital originals chart at No. 5, with a 30% rise in demand. Parrot Analytics attributes the gain to the announcement that a third season is in the works and will be released next year.

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.

Also in the top five for the week that ended Nov. 24: “Stranger Things” at No. 3, the same position it held last week, and “Marvel’s Daredevil” at No. 4, down from No. 2 the prior week.

Demand for “Stranger Things” was flat, while “Marvel’s Daredevil” saw its average daily Demand Expressions drop nearly 20% to 29.4 million.

The only non-Netflix entry on the top 10 digital originals chart for the week is Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which repeated at No. 8.

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.

MGM Studios Ups Q3 Home Entertainment Revenue 30%

MGM Studios Nov. 15 reported third-quarter (ended Sept. 30) home entertainment revenue of $21.8 million, which was up 30% from revenue of $16.9 million during the previous-year period.

The studio attributed the increase to digital sales of Tomb Raider and ongoing domestic home entertainment distribution of Death Wish and Every Day, plus continued distribution of library content.

Indeed, the Tomb Raider prequel rebootwith Alicia Vikander reprising Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft character, has generated $12.6 million in combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc units sales since its June 12 release by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, according to The-Numbers.com. The film is the 28th best-selling disc in 2018.

Death Wish, starring Bruce Willis in a remake of the classic 1973 revenge thriller that starred the late Charles Bronson, has sold $7.4 million in disc sales since its June 5 retail street date.

Home entertainment revenue for the prior-year’s quarter primarily included distribution of The Belko Experiment, The Magnificent Seven and library content.

In television programming, home entertainment and related revenue was $7.9 million, which was largely in line with $8 million in revenue last year. Revenue in each period was primarily driven by the strong retail performance of The Handmaid’s Tale (seasons 1 and 2).

The latter doesn’t include disc sales of season 2, which isn’t available until Dec. 4 from MGM Studios Home Entertainment.

Through nine months of the fiscal year, home entertainment movie revenue is up 16% to $78.1 million from $67.5 million last year. Revenue drivers included previously mentioned movie titles, in addition to ongoing revenue from Spectre, The Hobbit trilogy and additional library content.

Television program home entertainment revenue increased 26% to $26.9 million from $21.3 million last year – again driven by The Handmaid’s Tale.

‘Maniac’ Bows at No. 3 on Digital Originals Chart, with ‘Stranger Things’ Still No. 1

With the launch of “Maniac,” the Netflix miniseries debuted at No. 3 on the top 10 digital originals chart for the week ended Sept. 29, according to Parrot Analytics.

The sci-fi comedy drama, which follows two strangers who connect during a pharmaceutical trial, posted a nearly 80% gain in Demand Expressions, a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure 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.

A “digital original” is described as 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.

“Maniac” stars Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Justin Theroux, Sonoya Mizuno, Gabriel Byrne, and Sally Field. Critics have praised the 10-episode series for visuals, direction and acting, particularly the performances of Stone and Hill.

“Stranger Things”and “Bojack Horseman” remain in the No. 1 and No. 2 spot on the digital originals chart, while “Ozark,” the dark drama about a family forced to move its money-laundering operation to a resort in the Ozark mountains to placate a violent drug cartel, moved up a notch to No. 4, even though demand was relatively flat. “Ozark” launched its second season on Aug. 31.

Rounding out the top five on the weekly digital originals chart was Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” down from No. 3 the prior week with a decline in Demand Expressions by nearly 11%.

Demand for “Stranger Things” rose 5%, while demand for “Bojack Horseman” is down nearly 20% from the prior week. Demand for “Stranger Things” initially peaked after the July 16 release of its Season 3 teaser,  illustrating the strong fan connection with the series.

“Marvel’s Daredevil” jumped to No. 6 from No. 8 the prior week, with word that Season 3 is launching on Oct. 19. That drove demand up nearly 17%.

“Castle Rock,” from Hulu, suffered the biggest drop in demand  of any of the digital originals in the top 10, with a 27% decline in demand – and a fall on the chart to No. 9 from No. 4 the prior week.