December 31, 2019
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.
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.
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.