Anime and Asian series dominate 4th Annual Global TV Demand Awards, highlighting industry and consumer trends towards international content

24 January, 2022

Japan’s Attack on Titan named most in-demand TV show in the world in 2021, Korea’s Squid Game most in-demand series debut

LOS ANGELES (January 25, 2021) – Parrot Analytics, the global audience demand analytics firm, today announced the winners for the 4th annual Global TV Demand Awards

The world’s most in-demand TV show of 2021 was the Japanese anime series, Attack on Titan, which is currently in its fourth and final season. The most in-demand series debut and the most in-demand “revolutionary” title, defined as a new series based on entirely original IP, is Netflix’s Squid Game, the surprise Korean sensation that took the world by storm last Fall.

The winners for the 2022 Global TV Demand Awards are:

  1. World’s Choice - Most In-Demand TV Show in the World 2021: Attack on Titan
  2. Most In-Demand Anime Series of 2021: Attack on Titan
  3. Most In-Demand Asian Export of 2021 (1): Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
  4. Most In-Demand Book Adaptation of 2021 (2): The Witcher
  5. Most In-Demand Children’s Series of 2021: Spongebob Squarepants
  6. Most In-Demand Comedy Series of 2021: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  7. Most In-Demand Documentary Series of 2021: A Perfect Planet
  8. Most In-Demand Drama Series of 2021: The Walking Dead
  9. Most In-Demand European Export of 2021 (3): La Casa de Papel (Money Heist)
  10. Most In-Demand Horror Series of 2021: American Horror Story
  11. Most In-Demand Latin American Export of 2021 (4): Dark Desire
  12. Most In-Demand Legacy Series of 2021 (5): Dragon Ball Z
  13. Most In-Demand Reality Series of 2021: Shark Tank
  14. Most In-Demand Revolutionary Series of 2021 (6): Squid Game
  15. Most In-Demand Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series of 2021: The Witcher
  16. Most In-Demand Series Debut of 2021: Squid Game
  17. Most In-Demand Superhero Series of 2021: WandaVision
  18. Most In-Demand Superhero Talent of 2021 (7): Tom Hiddleston
  19. Most In-Demand True Crime Series of 2021: Q: Into the Storm
  20. Exceptional Streaming Platform of 2021 (8): Disney+

The winning series for each category was determined based on Parrot Analytics global TV demand data for the period January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021.

Attack on Titan is the first ever non-English language series to earn the title of World’s Most In-Demand TV Show, previously held by only The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Squid Game is the first non-English language series to win for Most In-Demand Series Debut.

These landmark victories are the result of a seismic shift in global audience preferences for more international and non-English language content.

Attack on Titan’s ascent comes on the heels of an explosive international growth period for the anime genre. Over the last two years, global demand for anime grew an astounding 118%, and the genre’s global demand share increased from 4.2% to 7.1%. Anime was the third most in-demand global subgenre in 2021, behind only crime dramas and sitcoms.

The victories for Attack on Titan and Squid Game reflect a rising tide for non-English language content with global audiences. Worldwide, the demand for all non-English language content grew at roughly twice the rate of the demand for English-language content from January to December 2021. Global demand for Japanese-language content – led largely by anime series – increased by 83%, while Korean-language content was up 37% over the same time. 

“This year’s Global TV Demand Award winners reaffirm that accessibility is key to audiences around the world finding their next favorite show. High caliber anime series out of Japan, like Attack on Titan, are more easily available now than ever before, streamlining the process of discovery, consumption, and conversation,” says Julia Alexander, Senior Strategy Analyst at Parrot Analytics. “As entertainment platforms pivot to more global markets, the more likely it is that a show out of South Korea, Spain, or Germany will find a fanbase outside of its core region. This year’s winners reiterate demand for international content is higher than ever — they just need to be in sight to remain top of mind.”

Talent, creators and executives behind the finalists and winners of the world’s most in-demand TV shows will join for the second edition of the Virtual Festival, a three-day online event headlined by The Voice’s Carson Daly, Cobra Kai’s Martin Kove, and New Amsterdam’s Ryan Eggold.  

The 2021 Global TV Demand Awards: Virtual Festival will stream free on-demand beginning Tuesday, February 1, 2022 through Thursday, February 3, 2022 with new videos being published each day. Viewers can find the full schedule for the Virtual Festival on and access the videos on the Parrot Analytics YouTube channel.

About the Global TV Demand Awards:
The Global TV Demand Awards is the world’s first unbiased, data-driven TV award show. The winning series and talent are determined by audience demand around the world -- no judges, no voting committees. Instead, they are determined using Parrot Analytics’ global audience demand measurement system, a proprietary and new way to measure how much a TV series or talent resonates with people in 100+ markets around the world, across all platforms. The company captures over 1 billion new data points each day across the consumer activity spectrum, including video consumption (streaming/downloads), social media engagement (hashtags, liking, sharing) and research actions (reading about shows, writing about shows, etc). For more information, please visit

About Parrot Analytics:
Parrot Analytics is the leading global audience demand measurement company. With the world’s largest audience demand datasets, the company currently tracks more than 1.5B daily expressions of demand in over 100 languages from 200+ countries. With Parrot Analytics’ DEMAND360 platform, everyone from individual producers and talent to global media powerhouses can access capabilities to help better understand the global audience demand across all platforms, as well as drive better production, distribution, acquisition and marketing decisions, and increased subscriber growth and retention. Parrot Analytics has offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Mexico City, São Paulo, Sydney and Auckland. For more information, see

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Wade Payson-Denney
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Parrot Analytics

Explanatory notes:

(1,3,4) All Export categories reward the most in-demand live action series from their respective regions that released new episodes in 2021.

(2) Book Adaptation: excludes graphic novels.

(5) Legacy Series: Most in-demand series which ended over 20 years ago.

(6) Revolutionary Series: Most in-demand new series based on an original idea that released new episodes in 2021.

(7) Superhero Talent: Most in-demand actor from a superhero franchise.

(8) Exceptional Streaming Platform: OTT platform with the highest percentage of original series falling in the 50 most globally in-demand digital originals for the year.

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