‘Mandalorian’ Season 2 Finale Dominates Parrot’s TV Charts

The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” topped Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings for the 10th straight week the week ended Dec. 26, and also held onto the top spot on Parrot’s list of all TV shows for an eighth week.

The action-packed finale of the second season of “The Mandalorian” debuted Dec. 18 and featured the return of a classic character that had fans gushing, and crying, all over the Internet. This resulted in a 23.4% surge in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, pushing “The Mandalorian” to a whopping 154.7 times the demand of an average TV series for the week, the best performance for a digital original relative to other originals for a week since Parrot switched to the metric in May, and more than 100 points over the No. 2 digital original.

That No. 2 series happened to be another “Star Wars” spinoff, the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” which continues to receive a bump from synergy with the Disney+ flagship series. Season two of “The Mandalorian” featured several characters who originated on “Clone Wars” and even picked up a few storylines from it. Disney+ also recently debuted a trailer for a “Clone Wars” spinoff called “The Bad Batch” which featured a younger version of the Fennec Shand character, an assassin and mercenary played by Ming-Na Wen who debuted on “Mandalorian.” In rising a spot in the rankings from the previous week, the show’s demand expressions were up 10.4%, giving it 52.5 times average demand. “Clone Wars” was the No. 7 overall TV series on Parrot’s rankings.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” slid to No. 3, with 47 times average demand and expressions down 5.9%. It was No. 8 on the overall TV show list.

Meanwhile, Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” jumped a spot to No. 4 on the digital originals chart, with 42.6 times average demand as fans prepare for the Jan. 1 premiere of the third season, which Netflix recently announced it had moved up a week from Jan. 8. The first two seasons, which premiered on YouTube Premium, have been available on Netflix since the summer. Demand expressions for “Cobra Kai” were down 5.5% for the week.

Hulu’s “Animaniacs” revival slipped a spot to No. 5 with a 9.2% dip in demand expressions and 41.3 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 was “Saturday Night Live,” with 91.4 times average demand. “SpongeBob SquarePants” slipped to No. 3 overall with 89.7 times average demand.

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Report: 1.1 Million U.S. Households Streamed ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 Finale

The season two final episode of “The Mandalorian” on Disney+ was streamed by 1.1 million U.S. households on Dec. 18, according to new data from Samba TV.

That was the largest premiere-day viewership of any episode this season, drawing 100,000 more households than the previous high, which was episode six on Dec. 4. To date, 3 million U.S. households have watched at least five minutes of at least one episode of the “Star Wars” spinoff show this season.
“The Mandalorian” is unique among streaming programs in that Disney+ rolls out episodes each Friday, rather than a single-day drop of all episodes like Netflix. And following Disney’s investor day announcement and the special end-credits in this last episode, fans of “The Mandalorian” are aware of several spinoffs coming to Disney+.
Samba TV’s research also found that more affluent households and households with white viewers over-indexed (+9%) for the season two finale, with respect to the country overall. And of the top 25 designated market areas (DMAs), Portland (+56%), Seattle (+44%), and Cleveland (+43%) over-indexed the most compared to the U.S. overall.

 

‘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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Disney+ Teases ‘Boba Fett’ Spinoff in ‘Mandalorian’ Finale

While Disney announced several new “Star Wars” Disney+ shows at its Dec. 10 investor day, it left one for a surprise reveal during the streaming service’s flagship series. The Dec. 18 season two finale of “The Mandalorian” contained a teaser for a new Disney+ show called “The Book of Boba Fett” to debut in December 2021.

Boba Fett is a legendary bounty hunter in “Star Wars” lore first introduced in an animated segment of the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special before playing a minor role as an antagonist to Han Solo in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Return of the Jedi, with the character seemingly dying in the latter during a battle against the crime lord Jabba the Hutt.

A younger Boba Fett appeared in 2002’s Attack of the Clones, where audiences learned that he was an unaltered clone of Jango Fett, another bounty hunter who served as the template for an army of clones. After Jango’s death in that film, young Boba took up bounty hunting himself, as seen in the “Clone Wars” animated series.

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Season two of “The Mandalorian,” set about five years after Return of the Jedi, revealed that Boba survived the events of the film, and was now in league with the assassin Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen). The pair agreed to help the title character protect Grogu, the child nicknamed “Baby Yoda” by franchise fans.

Fett is played by Temuera Morrison, who previously portrayed Jango and the clone troopers in the “Star Wars” prequels, and who also voiced Boba for the special-edition DVD of Empire.

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Some industry watchers had been reporting that Morrison was currently filming what they assumed was either a Boba Fett show or the third season of “Mandalorian,” and found it curious that the investor event didn’t mention anything related to the character, while other spinoffs such as “Ahsoka Tano” were touted.

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In the preview for the new show, which plays as a post-credits scene for the “Mandalorian” finale, Boba Fett returns to Jabba’s Palace on Tatooine with Shand. Jabba’s court in the criminal underworld is now presided over by his former majordomo, Bib Fortuna, who expresses surprise at seeing Fett is alive. Fett shoots Fortuna, then takes a seat on the palace throne with Shand at his side.

Update 12/21/20: “The Book of Boba Fett,” set within the timeline of “The Mandalorian,” will star Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen, and will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and Robert Rodriguez.

‘Disney Gallery’ Look at ‘Mandalorian’ Season 2 Bowing on Disney+ Dec. 25

The Disney+ series “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” will take a look behind the scenes of the second season of the popular “Star Wars” series in an hourlong special debuting on the streaming service Dec. 25.

The second season of “The Mandalorian,” which concludes Dec. 18, has featured the return of several fan favorite “Star Wars” characters, from bounty hunter Boba Fett to former Jedi Ahsoka Tano.

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The new installment of “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” showcases filmmakers and cast providing unprecedented access to the storytelling decisions and innovations that went into the second season of the Emmy Award-winning series.

Featuring immersive on-set footage that places viewers right in the middle of the filmmaking process, and rare insights from the cast and crew, this special documentary explores the production of all 8 episodes in season two — from early concept art through the groundbreaking technology introduced in the series.

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“Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” explored the making of the first season in eight episodes earlier in 2020.

‘Mandalorian’ Remains No. 1 on Parrot’s TV Charts; ‘Cobra Kai’ Surges

The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” topped Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings for an eighth-straight week the week ended Dec. 12, and also held onto the top spot on Parrot’s list of all TV shows for a sixth week. It had 125.3 times the demand of an average TV series for the week but saw a 0.34% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity.

“The Mandalorian” continues to give a boost to other “Star Wars” properties, most notably the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” which rose a spot to No. 3 on the digital originals chart with 51.2 times average demand, though expressions were down 9.9%. “Mandalorian” has been introducing fan favorite legacy characters into its storyline, such as a live-action version of “Clone Wars” character Ahsoka Tano, played by Rosario Dawson, who will be getting her own Disney+ spinoff show, among a huge slate of upcoming “Star Wars” content announced at Disney’s Dec. 10 investor day.

Hulu’s revival of the animated series “Animaniacs” remained at No. 2 on the digital originals chart. It had a 14.4% drop in demand expressions to give it 53 times average demand.

Netflix’s “The Crown” dropped a spot to No. 4 on the digital originals chart, grabbing 49.4 times average demand while expressions were down 19.8%.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” held steady at No. 5 on the digital originals chart, with 43.1 times average demand and expressions down 2.1%.

Most of the shows on the digital originals chart experienced a demand drop for the week, but not Netflix’s “Cobra Kai.” Thanks to a new season three trailer, demand for the “Karate Kid” spinoff spiked 75.6%, raising it six spots to No. 6 and giving it 41.5 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 90.9 times average demand. Four digital originals cracked the overall top 10, with “Animaniacs” at No. 8, “Clone Wars” at No. 9 and “The Crown” at No. 10.

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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.

Disney+ Set to Roll Out Slew of ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Series; Patty Jenkins to Direct Next ‘Star Wars’ Theatrical Movie

On the heels of the global success of “The Mandalorian,” Disney’s subscription streaming video platform is set to roll out several exclusive series based on the “Star Wars” franchise over the coming years.

“Mandalorian” spinoffs include “Star Wars: Ahsoka Tano,”  featuring Rosario Dawson, and “Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic,” Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said on Disney’s Investor Day Dec. 10.

Patty Jenkins

Disney+ will also be home to other “Star Wars” content, including “Star Wars: Andor,” featuring Diego Luna reprising his Rogue One: A Star Wars Story character, and the previously announced animated series “Star Wars: The Bad Batch,” a spinoff of “The Clone Wars.”

Kennedy also announced that Hayden Christensen would return as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader opposite Ewan McGregor in the Disney+ series, “Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi.”

Finally, Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins has been tapped to direct the next “Star Wars” theatrical release, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, set for a 2023 release.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy

 

 

Netflix’s ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Remains Atop Nielsen Weekly SVOD Chart

The original series “The Queen’s Gambit” is paying off for Netflix as the series starring Anya Taylor-Joy remained on top of Nielsen’s weekly Top 10 subscription streamed video shows on television through Nov. 15. The seven-episode series generated 1.37 billion minutes streamed, down about 5% from 1.45 billion minutes during the previous week.

Other podium spots included Disney+ original series “The Mandalorian” at No. 3 with 873 million minutes across 11 episodes — down almost 9% from 955 million minutes during the previous-week period. Former NBC sitcom “The Office” finished No. 2 with 1.08 billion minutes across 192 episodes. That was down just slightly from 1.09 billion minutes in the previous week. The series leaves Netflix Jan. 1, 2021 for its new exclusive home on NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service.

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Netflix again dominated the chart, grabbing nine of the 10 spots largely on the backs of network television shows such as “Greys Anatomy,” NCIS” and “The Blacklist,” among others.

“The story this week is about royalty,” Brian Fuhrer, SVP of product strategy at Nielsen, said in a webcast alluding to the chess series and “The Crown.” Fuhrer said 23 million unique viewers have streamed “Gambit” since its launch on Oct. 23. “It’s continuing to resonate,” he said.

Fuhrer said the story of that week included expanding the audience for “The Crown,” which saw 66% of viewers above the age of 55.

“Most of ‘The Crown’ audience has been younger, but with [with the older demo] that’s a really effective tool at crossing over and bringing in audiences that don’t traditionally watch SVOD, as well as a ‘gateway drug’ for Netflix.”

Source: Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.

‘Mandalorian’ Maintains Dominance on Parrot’s TV Charts

The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” topped Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings for a seventh-straight week the week ended Dec. 5, and also held onto the top spot on Parrot’s list of all TV shows for a fifth week. It had 126.4 times the demand of an average TV series for the week and saw a 27.1% surge in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity.

The boost is likely due to hype surrounding the return of a few fan-favorite characters in highly regarded, action-packed episodes. The Nov. 27 episode of “The Mandalorian” featured the live-action debut of Ahsoka Tano, a character heavily featured in the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” series. And the Dec. 4 episode featured the return of Boba Fett, the bounty hunter from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, whose presence was teased earlier in the season.

In fact, the “Clone Wars” rose two spots on the digital originals chart to No. 4 after a 44.6% increase in demand gave it 57.1 times average demand, a boost no doubt directly attributable to synergy with the “Mandalorian” crossovers.

Hulu’s revival of the animated series “Animaniacs” moved up a spot to No. 2 on the digital originals chart. It had a 25.1% jump in demand expressions to give it 62.3 times average demand.

Netflix’s “The Crown” dropped a spot to No. 3 on the digital originals chart. While the Internet continues to speculate as to how the portrayal of the British royal family on the series is affecting audience perception of them now, the show had a 12.8% drop in demand expressions to give it 62 times average demand.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” slid a spot to No. 5 on the digital originals chart, with 44.3 times average demand and expressions down 10.3%. While fans await season four, there is new content available from the show in the form of a couple of comic book series and tie-in novels.

Another Netflix original, “The Umbrella Academy” moved up two spots to re-enter the top 10 at No. 9 with 34 times average demand. It saw a 22.3% boost in demand expressions, likely tied to star Elliot Page’s Dec. 1 transgender status announcement.

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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 was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 95.8 times average demand. Four digital originals cracked the overall top 10, with “Animaniacs” at No. 4, “The Crown” at No. 5 and “Clone Wars” at No. 6.

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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: ‘The Mandalorian’ Weekly Streaming Minutes Decline

Source: Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.