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‘Wheel of Time’ Rises to No. 1 on Parrot’s Digital Originals Charts

Amazon Prime Video’s “The Wheel of Time” climbed to No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended Dec. 3. Based on a series of fantasy novels, the show had 43 times the demand of an average series during the week after a 4.8% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity. “The Wheel of Time” was No. 6 on the list of overall TV shows.

Netflix’s animated fantasy series “Arcane” slipped to No. 2 on the digital originals charts after a couple weeks in the top spot. The “League of Legends” prequel had an 15.6% drop in demand expressions to give it 42.8 times the demand of an average show. “Arcane” was No. 7 on the list of overall TV shows.

The Disney+ Marvel series “Hawkeye” rose seven spots to No. 3. It had a 62.8% rise in demand expressions to give it 41.3 times average demand.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” slipped to No. 4 on the digital originals chart, taking 37.4 times average demand after a 0.8% drop in demand expressions.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” slid a spot to No. 5 on the digital originals chart. It had a 1.8% jump in demand expressions to give it 36.7 times the demand of an average series.

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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 “South Park,” with 84.9 times average demand. The Comedy Central series got a boost after the Nov. 25 release of “South Park: Post COVID” TV movie on Paramount+, though Parrot didn’t distinguish between which demand was for the cable series and which was for the digital original Paramount+ movies.

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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.

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