Ava DuVernay’s ‘When They See Us’ Soars Up Digital Originals Chart

“When They See Us,” the controversial miniseries about the Central Park Five that was created, co-written, and directed by Ava DuVernay for Netflix, shot up to No. 2 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart the week ended June 8.

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.

In the week since the program’s May 31 debut, the number of average daily Demand Expressions soared 170% to 52.5 million, sending the series to No. 2 from No. 13 on the digital originals chart – right behind “Stranger Things,” which remains at No. 1 for the third consecutive week.

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.

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“When They See Us” has generated a flood of media coverage in recent weeks. Most recently, prosecutor Linda Fairstein, who as head of the Manhattan District Attorney’s sex-crimes unit played a key role in prosecuting the five young men, in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece blasted the series as a “fabrication” and maintained that the suspects’ exoneration doesn’t mean they aren’t guilty of other crimes they were convicted of at the time.

The five were part of a group of about 30 teenagers in Central Park on the evening of April 19, 1989, when several people in the park were robbed and assaulted.

Demand for “Stranger Things” was relatively unchanged from the prior week. “Lucifer,” based on a character from the DC Comics comic-book series “The Sandman,” slipped to No. 3 despite a 4% uptick in demand – likely triggered by word that Netflix has renewed the show for a fifth and final season.

A 68% surge in average daily Demand Expressions sent “Black Mirror” back up to No. 4 from No. 8 the prior week. The British sci-fi anthology series from Charlie Brooker returned to Netflix for a fifth season on June 5.

Rounding out the top five on the weekly digital originals chart was Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” up from No. 6 the prior week with a 39% spike in demand. The dystopian drama’s third season also premiered on June 5.

Two other series made it into the top 10 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart with significant increases in demand.

Debuting at No. 6 was Amazon Prime Video’s “Good Omens,” a six-part miniseries starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant as angels seeking to prevent the apocalypse. All six episodes of the series were released on May 31, leading to a 93% gain in average daily Demand Expressions.

Returning to the top 10, at No. 10, was “Swamp Thing,” with a 116% spike in demand. The live-action DC Universe series premiered May 31 and was canceled a week later, with word that there would be no second season.

“Swamp Thing” was the third show to launch on DC Universe after “Titans” and “Doom Patrol” both enjoyed successful launches.

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.

 

‘Stranger Things’ Remains Top Digital Original, Parrot Analytics Says

There were no changes to the top five on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart the week ended June 1, with “Stranger Things” remaining at No. 1 for the second consecutive week.

The third season of the Netflix science-fiction horror series, set in 1985, won’t debut until July 4, but the show shot to the top of the chart the prior week due to mounting hype – fueled by a clever marketing campaign that includes several real-world tie-ins, including the return of Coca-Cola’s ill-fated “New Coke,” introduced that year, and “Stranger Things”-inspired ice cream flavors at Baskin-Robbins.

Despite a subsequent 8.5% drop in Demand Expressions, “Stranger Things” retained its grip at No. 1, with 54.4 million Demand Expressions to 46.3 million for second-ranked “Lucifer,” based on a character from the DC Comics comic-book series “The Sandman.”

Demand for “Lucifer” was relatively unchanged from the prior week. The series stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar, aka the devil, who moves to Los Angeles to run his own nightclub and serve as a consultant to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The DC Universe series “Doom Patrol” remained at No. 3 with 34.6 million Demand Expressions, a slight gain of less than 3% from the prior week, while another DC Universe series, “Titans,” repeated at No. 4 with 33 million expressions, just a half percentage point more than in the prior week.

YouTube Premium’s “Cobra Kai,” a sequel to the 1984 movie The Karate Kid, again came in at No. 5 on the digital originals chart despite a 4% drop in Demand Expressions to 31.2 million.

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.

Demand for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” was up less than 6% from the prior week, but the bump was enough to send the dystopian drama to No. 6, up from No. 8 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.

‘Cobra Kai’ Still Kicking Atop Parrot Analytics Digital Originals Chart

The second season of “Cobra Kai” held onto the top spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart for a second consecutive week the week ended May 4.

The show, a sequel to 1984’s The Karate Kid, registering 49.4 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was up 20% from the previous week, when it returned to No. 1 following the debut of its second season on YouTube Premium.

Hulu’s true-crime drama “The Act” held the No. 2 spot with 31.6 million expressions, down 19.5% from the previous week.

DC Universe’s “Doom Patrol” rose to No. 3 with 30.4 million expressions, up less than 1% from a week earlier, when it was No. 6.

Another DC Universe series, “Titans,” rose a spot to No. 4 with 30.1 million expressions, down 3% from the previous week.

Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” slipped to No. 5 for the week with a 24% decline in expressions to 27.5 million.

The biggest jump in the week was Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which rose from No. 15 to No. 7 with 26.9 million expressions, up 53% thanks to the debut of a full trailer for its third season, which arrives June 5.

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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.

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.

By comparison, the biggest TV show of any kind for the week was HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” currently in its final season, which drew 603 million expressions.

And the syndicated game show “Jeopardy” continues to enjoy a bounce thanks to 22-day champion James Holzhauer, who has set several of the show’s records en route to nearly $1.7 million in winnings. “Jeopardy” was No. 9 on the overall show list with 47.8 million expressions. Holzhauer will be absent for the next two weeks, returning May 20, as the show presents its annual teachers tournament.

“Cobra Kai” was the No. 6 overall show in expressions for the 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.

‘Titans’ Season 1 on Disc July 16

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Titans: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD July 16.

“Titans,” a live-action adaptation of the Teen Titans comic books, is one of the flagship series of the DC Universe subscription streaming service. The set includes all 11 episodes from the first season plus several bonus featurettes running about 25 minutes.

The show follows a group of young superheroes from DC Comics as they come of age and find a sense of belonging with each other while battling villains and demonic forces. The season also includes a crossover episode with another DC Universe series, “Doom Patrol.”

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‘The OA’ Jumps to No. 4 on Parrot’s Digital Originals Chart

The March 22 debut of the second season of “The OA” helped push the Netflix series to No. 4 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart for the week ended March 30, up from the No. 27 spot a week earlier.

The show, a fantasy mystery about a young woman who resurfaces after being missing for seven years, registered 28.5 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content, representing a 124% spike from the previous week.

Another big gainer for the week was Hulu’s “The Act,” based on the real life of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and the murder of her mother. The first two episodes became available on the streaming service March 20. The show registered 26.5 million expressions during the week, which coincided with the March 27 premiere of its third episode, a 60% jump that pushed it to No. 7 on the chart, up from No. 17 a week earlier.

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Netflix’s “Stranger Things” held onto the No. 1 spot with 51.5 million expressions, a slight dip compared with the previous week but essentially flat. The popular supernatural series continues to ride the hype generated by the trailer for its third season, which doesn’t debut until July 4.

The No. 2 and No. 3 titles, Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” and DC Universe’s “Titans,” respectively, were also unchanged from the previous week.

Expressions for “Umbrella Academy” slipped 8.5% to 41.2 million expressions, while the “Titans” tally dropped 10.4% to 28.6 million.

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.

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.

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.

‘Stranger Things’ Ends Four-Week Stay at No. 1 for ‘Umbrella Academy’

Perennial favorite “Stranger Things” regained the No. 1 spot on the digital originals chart the week ended March 23, even though season 3 won’t be released on Netflix until July 4.

But the first trailer for the third season of the acclaimed supernatural horror series did break during the week, and that was enough to more than double demand for the show, according to Parrot Analytics data.

The number of average daily Demand Expressions rose by a whopping 107% to 51.5 million from 24.9 million the prior week, vaulting the series to No. 1 from No. 4 the prior week.

The ascension of “Stranger Things” ended a four-week run at No. 1 for “The Umbrella Academy,” which slipped to No. 2 with a 15.5% decline in average daily Demand Expressions, to 45 million from 53.3 million the previous week.

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.

Demand for DC Universe programs remains strong, with third-ranked “Titans” posting a 14% spike in demand, likely on the back of a casting announcement. Demand for “Doom Patrol” was down a modest 3.7%, but the show still finished the week at No. 6, down a notch from the prior week.  Both shows are expected to return in 2020 with new episodes.

The week’s biggest gainer was Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” with a 191% increase in average daily Demand Expressions due to the March 15 debut of season 3. This led the Netflix reboot of the Bravo reality series to shoot to No. 4 on the digital originals chart the week ended March 23, up from No. 35 the previous week.

Also back in the top 10 are Netflix’s “Arrested Development,” which shot to No. 8 from No. 26 with a 51% spike in demand thanks to the debut of the final eight episodes of season five, and YouTube Premium’s “Coachella” at No. 9 (up from No. 18 the prior week).

YouTube Premium will once again serve as the exclusive live streaming partner for the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, taking place on two weekends in April in Indio, Calif. Demand for Coachella jumped 29% week-to-week as major acts were announced, with YouTube Music as the exclusive playlist partner. Tickets are also available for purchase directly as part of the comprehensive partnership.

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.

DC Universe’s ‘Titans’ Available for Digital Purchase March 21

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will make Titans: The Complete First Season available for digital purchase March 21. A Blu-ray and DVD release are being planned for a later date.

“Titans,” a live-action adaptation of the Teen Titans comic books, is one of the flagship series of the DC Universe subscription streaming service. The season includes 11 episodes and more than 40 minutes of extras.

The show follows a group of young superheroes from DC Comics as they come of age and find a sense of belonging with each other while battling villains and demonic forces. The season also includes a crossover episode with another DC Universe series, “Doom Patrol.”

The digital release of Titans: The Complete First Season will include 1080p full HD video with English 5.1 DTS-HD master audio. In addition to featuring all 11 episodes in high-definition, the bundle includes over.

 

‘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.

 

‘Marvel’s The Punisher,’ ‘Grace and Frankie’ Top Digital Originals Chart, Parrot Analytics Says

Netflix took the two top spots on the digital originals chart the week ended Jan. 26, fueled by new season launches, according to Parrot Analytics.

“Marvel’s The Punisher” shot up to No. 1 from No. 8 the prior week with a nearly 56% gain in average daily Demand Expressions, driven by the first full week of availability of season 2.

And “Grace and Frankie,” the comedy series starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, entered the top 10 at No. 2 from No. 15 the previous week, with an 86% spike in average daily Demand Expressions. Season 5 of the Netflix original, like the second season of “Marvel’s the Punisher,” became available for streaming on Jan. 18.

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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.

Demand for the previous week’s two chart-toppers, both from DC Universe, remained relatively flat, keeping both shows in the top five.

“Titans” slipped to No.3 from No. 1, while “Young Justice” slid to No. 5 from No. 2.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” finished the week at No. 4, with a modest decline in demand. The previous week, demand for “Stranger Things” fell 18.6%, pulling the quirky supernatural series down to No. 3 from No. 1.

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.

DC Universe Tops Digital Originals Chart with ‘Titans,’ ‘Young Justice’

Two DC Universal series captured the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the digital originals chart the week ended Jan. 19, according to Parrot Analytics.

“Titans” topped the chart despite a minor decline in demand, while “Young Justice” rose to No. 2 from No. 4 with a 6% gain in Demand Expressions, 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.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” the prior week’s top digital original, slipped to No. 3 after an 18.6% drop in demand.

Fueled by an 18% increase in demand, Netflix’s modern thriller “You” rose to No. 4 from No. 8 the prior week. The show was singled out as a success by Netflix in its latest quarterly earnings report, triggering numerous media reports – including a story in the Washington Post with the headline, “’You’ was ignored on Lifetime. Then it blew up on Netflix.”

“You” launched last September on the linear Lifetime network. In December it was announced that “You” would move to Netflix as a “Netflix Original,” ahead of the premiere Season 2.

Rounding out the top five on the digital originals chart was CBS All Access‘s “Star Trek: Discovery,” which during the week that ended Jan. 19 attracted a daily average of 24.8 million Demand Expressions, 26.2% more than in the prior week.

The biggest gainer on a percentage basis was “Marvel’s The Punisher,” which returned to the top 10, at No. 8 (from No. 15 the previous week) with a 29.2% spike in demand.

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.