TV series demand across all television platforms for the U.S. (16 - 22 May, 2021)

25 May, 2021

Image: Castlevania, Netflix

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This week, May 16 - 22, Spongebob Squarepants reclaimed the title of most in-demand show in the US from Saturday Night Live. It was 63.4 times more in-demand than the average series for the week, nearly the same demand it had last week.

In the overall top 10, Saturday Night Live saw the greatest change in demand from last week, down 15% from last week. It fell to second place with 63.2 times the demand of the average series this week, just short of Spongebob Squarepants. This drop in demand follows the buzz surrounding Elon Musk hosting the show. The season finale aired on May 22, so its demand will be fully reflected in next week’s result. Although season finales can often be a high point in demand for shows, Elon Musk’s attention-grabbing performance will be hard to top.

There was not much movement in the top 10 overall chart this week. The next 3 most in-demand series each held onto their place. Game of Thrones, My Hero Academia, and Attack on Titan, all top 10 staples, saw less than a 2% change in demand from last week. None of these shows are currently releasing episodes.

Returning to the top 10 ranking this week is The Simpsons. The animated comedy is the 8th most in-demand series in the US this week and has 37.2 times the demand of the average series. The season finale aired May 23rd, so the jump in demand in this week’s data came in the lead-up to the finale.

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Netflix had a stellar week in the digital original rankings. 5 of the top 10 most in-demand digital originals are from Netflix. Two of Netflix’s animated originals shot up the rankings into the top 10 this week – Castlevania and Love, Death, and Robots.

Demand for the anime series Castlevania was up by 47%. The fourth and final season was released on May 13th. The high demand for this series as it wraps up is a good sign for the future series set in the same universe Netflix is reportedly considering.

Demand for Love, Death, and Robots was up by a whopping 71% this week. The second season of the animated anthology was released on May 14th and so far has received substantially more attention than the first season. Love, Death, and Robots was one of the digital original series that rose the fastest in demand between March and April, well before its second season premiered.

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