April 19, 2021
The Disney+ original Marvel Cinematic Universe series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” finally reached No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended April 17. The week of the release of its fifth episode, the show had a modest 0.6% gain in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 43.3 times the demand of an average series. It was No. 7 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows. The fifth episode had a noteworthy cameo, and the show should maintain some buzz heading into its sixth and final episode.
Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” dropped a spot to No. 2, reaching 40.3 times average demand after a 1.9% drop in demand expressions. It was No. 8 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.
“WandaVision,” the first Disney+ series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, slipped to No. 3 after another 2.5% drop in demand expressions, giving it 39.3 times average demand. It was No. 9 on the list of overall TV shows.
Disney+ had a third show in the top five digital originals with the live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian,” which held steady at No. 4, garnering 36.5 times the demand of the average show after a 1.4% dip in demand expressions.
Rounding out the top five for the fourth week was Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” with 30.2 times average demand and a 3.7% rise in demand expressions.
The death of Prince Philip gave some attention to Netflix’s “The Crown,” which moved up three spots to No. 7 with a 13.9% rise in demand expressions.
HBO Max’s animated “Harley Quinn” series climbed back into the top 10, up four spots to No. 10 thanks to a 6.3% rise in demand expressions.
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 in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 64.4 times average 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 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.