October 19, 2020
Amazon Prime Video’s “The Boys” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended Oct. 17. Still benefiting from its Oct. 9 season finale, “The Boys” had 71.8 times the demand of the average show, with demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, up 16.6%.
The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” moved up two spots to No. 2. It had 56.3 times the demand of the average show, with demand expressions up 25.7%. The week saw new promotional posters for the upcoming second season, which debuts Oct. 30.
Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” slipped a spot to No. 3. Demand expressions were down 12.4% to give the show 53.5 times average demand.
“Cobra Kai,” the “Karate Kid” spinoff that was formerly a YouTube Premium original series before moving to Netflix, dropped to No. 4. The show had 47.1 times the demand of the average series, with expressions down 16.5% for the week.
Rounding out the top five was Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy,” which had 35.4 times average demand after expressions rose 4.9%.
Climbing seven spots to get back into the top 10, at No. 6, was CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery,” which premiered the first episode of its third season Oct. 15. Demand rose 48.2% to give it 35 times average demand.
Jumping up to No. 8, from No. 21 the week before, was Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House,” which saw a 55.1% spike in demand expressions to give it 31.6 times average demand. The boost is likely due to the Oct. 9 release of a follow-up anthology from the same production team, The Haunting of Bly Manor, as well as a general uptick for spooky content during the Halloween season.
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+.
The No. 1 overall TV series was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 94.3 times average demand. “The Boys” was No. 4 on the overall TV list.
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.