Netflix to Resume Production on ‘The Witcher’ Aug. 17

Netflix June 22 disclosed it would resume production on popular original series, “The Witcher,” in the U.K. on Aug. 17. The show, like myriad others globally, had been on shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Indeed, one of series’ actors, Kristofer Hivju, tested positive for COVID-19. Henry Cavill (Superman), who headlines the fantasy drama, did not test positive.

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“I’m dusting off my lute and quill, I have some news, some mead to spill: After all the months we’ve been apart, it’s time for production to restart. The Witcher and his bard — who’s flawless, will reunite on set 17 August,” Netflix posted on the show’s Twitter feed.

The second season of the series films at Arborfield Studios outside London.

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‘Mandalorian’ Tops Parrot’s Originals Chart for Third Week; ‘Picard’ Up to No. 5

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” remained at No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended Feb. 1, its third straight week on top.

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+.

For the week, “The Mandalorian” registered 74.9 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was down 14.5% in expressions compared with the previous week.

On Parrot’s list of overall TV shows, including broadcast and cable, “Mandalorian” was No. 3, unseated after two weeks by NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

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Netflix’s “The Witcher” was again No. 2 on the digital originals chart, with 71 million expressions, down 11.6% from the previous week.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” stayed at No. 3 on the digital originals chart,  registering 62.9 million expressions, down 7.3% from the previous week.

No. 4 on the originals chart was the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” series, the seventh season of which will debut on Disney+ Feb. 21. It had 57.7 million expressions, a slight 1% bump from the previous week, when it also would have been No. 4 on the originals chart had Parrot counted it as an original instead of instead of grouping it solely with the broadcast and cable shows (it was No. 9 among all TV shows the previous week).

There are numerous reasons why classifying “The Clone Wars” as a digital original makes sense despite the new season not yet being available. For one, the sixth season debuted on Netflix, which fits the criteria for classifying a show as a digital original when its most-recent season debuts on a streaming service. Second, all the episodes of the series, and its premiere movie, are available now on Disney+, and much of the buzz around the series is attributable to the upcoming new season and its recent trailer anyway. Since when the season arrives, any demand expressions will still be attributed to the show as a whole, not individual seasons, it’s reasonable to attribute the show’s current demand to its upcoming status as a Disney+ original.

The new CBS All Access series “Star Trek: Picard,” which debuted Jan. 23, joins the originals top 10 at No. 5, up from No. 13 the previous week. The show, which picks up the adventures of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard 20 years after the events of the most-recent “Star Trek: The Next Generation” movie, had 55.4 million expressions, a 101.9% bounce.

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The Demand Expressions 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.

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.

‘Mandalorian’ Back on Top of Parrot’s TV Demand Charts

The Disney+ “Star Wars” spinoff “The Mandalorian” returned to the No. 1 spot on not only Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended Jan. 18, but also the data firm’s overall list of TV series from any platform, including broadcast and cable, again pushing the Netflix fantasy series “The Witcher” to No. 2.

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, Hulu or Disney+.

“Mandalorian” was No. 1 most of the last couple of months of 2019 before “The Witcher” took over the last week of the year. “The Mandalorian” took the top spot back the first week of 2020, but was displaced again by “The Witcher” the second week of the year.

For the week, “The Mandalorian” registered 98.7 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was down 14.8% in expressions compared with the previous week, when it was No. 2.

“The Witcher” was close behind, with 96.3 million expressions, down 18.6% from the previous week.

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Netflix’s “Stranger Things” rose back to No. 3 on the digital originals chart, registering 66.1 million expressions, down 10.2% from the previous week.

Netflix’s psychological thriller “You” dropped to No. 4, with expressions down 21.9% to 65 million.

DC Universe’s “Titans” held onto the No. 5 spot on the digital originals chart, with expressions down 7% to 52.1 million.

Disney+ also had, for the first time, a second show make the top 10 digital originals chart, as the Jan. 10 season finale of “High School Musical: The Musical — The Series” helped pushed the show to No. 8, from No. 13 the previous week, with expressions up 12.3% to 31 million.

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The Demand Expressions 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.

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.

‘The Witcher’ Switches Spots With ‘Mandalorian’ on Parrot’s TV Demand Charts

Netflix’s “The Witcher” returned to the No. 1 spot on not only Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended Jan. 11, but also the data firm’s overall list of TV series from any platform, including broadcast and cable, again pushing the Disney+ “Star Wars” spinoff “The Mandalorian” to No. 2.

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, Hulu or Disney+.

“Mandalorian” was No. 1 most of the last couple of months of 2019 before “The Witcher” took over the last week of the year. “The Mandalorian” took the top spot back the first week of 2020.

For the week, “The Witcher” registered 118.4 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was down 10.5% in expressions compared with the previous week, when it was No. 2.

“The Mandalorian” was close behind, with 115.8 million expressions, down 18.5% from the previous week.

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Netflix’s psychological thriller “You” stayed at No. 3 on the digital originals chart, with expressions down 10.9% to 83.2 million.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” stayed No. 4, registering 73.6 million expressions, down 6.8% from the previous week.

DC Universe’s “Titans” held onto the No. 5 spot on the digital originals chart, with expressions up 3.5% to 56 million.

DC Universe’s “Harley Quinn” animated series made a big move on the originals chart to No. 9, from No. 13 the previous week. Expressions rose 2.6% to 29.99 million. The season finale is due Jan. 17.

Netflix’s “Narcos” jumped to No. 10, from No. 14 the previous week, with expressions up 3.9% to 29.96 million. A new season of “Narcos: Mexico” debuts Feb. 13.

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The Demand Expressions 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.

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.

‘The Witcher’ Conjures No. 1 Spot on Parrot’s TV Demand Charts

Netflix’s”The Witcher” took over the No. 1 spot on not only Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended Dec. 28, but also the data firm’s overall list of TV series from any platform, including broadcast and cable.

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, Hulu or Disney+.

All eight episodes of the series, which is based on a series of fantasy novels, were released on the streaming platform Dec. 20. For the week, “The Witcher” registered 126.8 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was  up 361% in expressions compared with the previous week, when it was No. 9.

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The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian,” which had been the top digital original for five weeks, slid to No. 2, with 115.7 million expressions, a 2.1% bump from the previous week. The finale of the first season debuted Dec. 27.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” dropped to No. 3 on the digital originals chart,  registering 74.9 million expressions, up 6.4% from the previous week.

DC Universe’s “Titans” slipped a spot to No. 4 on the digital originals chart, with expressions down 3.1% to 53 million.

Amazon Prime Video’s fourth season of “The Expanse” dropped a spot to No. 5, with expressions down 5.8% to 37 million.

Netflix’s “You” returned with its second season Dec. 26, and thus jumped to No. 7 on the originals chart from No. 15 the previous week, with expressions up 43.5% to 33.8 million.

The Apple TV+ series “Truth Be Told” gained 24.8% in expressions from the previous week to 32 million, climbing to No. 9 from No. 13 following its Dec. 27 first season finale.

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The Demand Expressions 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.

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.

‘The Witcher’ Second-Most-Popular Netflix Series in 2019 — Just 10 Days After Release

In the viewer-driven SVOD world, data validates across multiple levels, including marketing.

Netflix reportedly didn’t waste any time proclaiming its new original series, “The Witcher,” a genuine hit. The SVOD behemoth said the series, which launched Dec. 20, has already become the second most-popular original series of the year in the United States behind the third season of “Stranger Things.”

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A mixed bag among critics, “The Witcher,” based on the fantasy novel series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski and starring Henry Cavill, found itself among Top 10 lists in five key Netflix territories outside the United States: France, Germany, United Kingdom, India and Australia.

Parrot Analytics said “The Witcher” dethroned Disney+ original series, “The Mandalorian,” with 127 million “demand expressions” compared with 115 million for the Jon Favreau “Star Wars” series from Dec. 22 to 28.

“The Mandalorian” unseated Netflix’s “Stranger Things” after 21 weeks during the week of Nov. 17 to 23.

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Netflix reportedly compiles Top 10 lists based on household streaming of a show for at least two minutes daily over a 28-day period. For “The Witcher,” Netflix projected data based on 10 days of streaming, according to BusinessInsider. The service did not disclose actual household tallies.