‘News’ posts

Top 10 Most In-Demand Shows in the US (February 12-18, 2017)

This week the US rankings for digital originals series is largely the same compared to last week. Netflix’s Stranger Things is number one in the top digital original series chart in the United States, followed by Santa Clarita Diet with a -2% difference in demand. Amazon’s titles occupied the rest of the top five: The Man in the High Castle, The Grand Tour and The Path. The Grand Tour has slightly dropped in ranking (-1) compared to last week. It is noteworthy that the highest in-demand title from Netflix, Stranger Things, had 79% more demand than Amazon highest in-demand title, The Man in the High Castle. [Read more]

Top 10 Most In-Demand Shows in the US (February 5-11, 2017)

The newly launched Santa Clarita Diet has allowed Netflix to dominate the top digital originals chart with seven entries, pushing The Crown outside of the top 10. The meat-cute horror comedy, starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, has come out on top on the digital originals chart, as well as making an appearance in the overall top shows chart in the United States. Santa Clarita Diet had 99% more demand than the nearest Amazon title. [Read more]

Top 10 Most In-Demand Shows in the US (January 29 – February 4, 2017)

Though Netflix continued to dominate the top digital originals with six entries, Amazon Prime Video has challenged Netflix with three titles in the top five — The Grand Tour, The Man in the High Castle and a new series, Z: The Beginning of Everything, which all increased in demand by about 10% this week; while demand for Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events fell by 41% compared to last week. This allowed three Amazon titles to take second, fourth and fifth place. Sneaky Pete is the only Amazon title that isn’t in the top five, but still managed to gain 42% in terms of demand compared to last week. [Read more]

Top 10 Most In-Demand Shows in the US (January 22–28, 2017)

Though Netflix continued to dominate the top digital originals with seven entries, Amazon Video challenged this supremacy with three titles in the top five. The Grand Tour, The Man in the High Castle, and Sneaky Pete all increased in demand by about 5% this week while demand for The OA fell by 20%, allowing the three Amazon titles to take second, third, and fourth place. [Read more]

Top 10 Most In-Demand Shows in the US (January 15–21, 2017)

This week it is all about the new shows. Netflix’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events still reigns on the Digital Original chart this week: The dark family-oriented comedy had 125% more demand than the previous fan-favorite mystery drama The OA. The arrival of Amazon’s Sneaky Pete on January 13th, which sees a thirtysomething con man (Giovanni Ribisi) assume the identity of his cellmate, leapfrogged onto the chart with 43% more demand than Netflix’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – another new entry in the chart. It is interesting to note that Amazon’s anchor show The Grand Tour is 24% more popular than Sneaky Pete. [Read more]

Top 10 Most In-Demand Shows in the US (January 1–7, 2017)

Released on December 16th, The OA has emerged as Netflix’s latest hit. This mystery series had 36% more demand than Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle last week, and both titles ranked among the ten most popular series overall. Another science fiction series, new to Netflix, also attracted a lot of demand this week: Travelers (which originally aired on Showcase in Canada) had more than 50% more popularity than older hits such as Luke Cage, Fuller House, and The Crown. [Read more]

Why Good Girls Revolt Was Cancelled

The cancellation of Good Girls Revolt by Amazon shocked many in the industry. The period drama attracted generally positive reviews after its release on October 28th and, according to data from its producer Sony Pictures Television, had twice as many viewers than Amazon’s most well-known show, Transparent. However, on December 2nd 2016 Amazon decided to cancel Good Girls Revolt with no stated reason, leaving Sony scrambling to sell the show to another network. Given the favourable reviews and reportedly high viewership, why did this show become only the second Amazon Studios title to be cancelled after a year? To get a fuller picture of Good Girls Revolt’s popularity, the demand for the show is compared against other Amazon titles to see if it truly deserved to be let go. [Read more]

The Crossover Effect

In recent years, media franchises have grown in popularity. The most well-known example is the Marvel universe, including films such as The Avengers and series such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but DC Comics has caught up with a slate of shows on CW, including Arrow and Supergirl. Older shows (generally crime procedurals) also belong to franchises, notably the long-running CSI and Law & Order series. A popular way of promoting new entries in the series universe is to have crossover episodes, where characters and storylines for two or more shows interact. One of the biggest crossovers to date happened recently, with all four DC shows involved in the same story over four nights. The linear ratings during these events often rise, but how is overall demand affected? [Read more]

Top 10 Most In-Demand Shows in the US (December 11–17, 2016)

New shows dominated the top digital original series this week. In the first full week after its second season release, Fuller House rose by 58% to become the most popular digital original. Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle, which premiered on December 16th, had only 14% less demand than Netflix’s latest hit. The Grand Tour and Club de Cuervos also climbed in the rankings, and Netflix’s White Rabbit Project, released on December 9th, debuted in tenth place. [Read more]