April 20, 2020
Netflix’s documentary series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended April 18, its second consecutive week in the top spot.
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+.
“Tiger King,” which chronicles the feuds between several private exotic-animal owners in the United States, registered 89.3 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was up 0.4% from the previous week. The show also took over the top spot on the data firm’s overall list of TV series from any platform, including broadcast and cable.
With the limited series having become an Internet sensation since its March 20 debut, Netflix April 12 released an eighth episode, an “Aftershow” hosted by Joel McHale interviewing some of the people who appeared in the documentary.
Netflix’s “Stranger Things” remained No. 2 on the digital originals chart, down 2.4% from the previous week to 67.8 million expressions.
Netflix’s crime drama “Money Heist,” known internationally as “La Casa de Papel,” stayed No. 3, with expressions down 14.7% to 58.8 million.
With Netflix in the top three spots, Disney+ took the next two with its two “Star Wars” shows. The animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” rose to No. 4, up 16.4% in expressions to 56.6 million. The final four-episode story arc of “The Clone Wars,” the highly anticipated “Siege of Mandalore” episodes that tie the show into the events of Revenge of the Sith, began April 17.
The “Star Wars” spinoff “The Mandalorian” slipped to No. 5 on the originals chart, but demand rose 4% to 52.7 million after Disney+ announced an eight-part documentary series about the making of the show to debut May 4.
Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere” entered the digital originals top 10 chart at No. 10, up two spots from the previous week. The minieries starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington rose 3% to 33.2 million demand expressions. The season finale will be available April 22.
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.