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‘Mandalorian’ Returns to No. 1 on Parrot Digital Originals Chart After Gina Carano Controversy

14 February, 2021

The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” returned to the No. 1 spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended Feb. 13 following some tumultuous behind-the-scenes news for the show, which presented its most-recent episode in December.

“The Mandalorian” also rose a spot to No. 5 on Parrot’s ranking of all TV shows with 63.6 times the demand of an average show and a 0.7% rise in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity.

In particular, “Mandalorian” production arm Lucasfilm, a division of Walt Disney Studios, publicly cut ties with actress Gina Carano, caving to pressure from a vocal Internet mob who resented that her social media posts weren’t explicitly aligned with their political preferences, as she warned against tribalism while playfully satirizing many of their pet causes. Carano, a former MMA fighter who played the heroic Cara Dune on the series, quickly landed on her feet, declaring she was fighting back against “cancel culture” by announcing a deal to produce and star in a new film under conservative pundit Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire banner. Carano’s ouster also triggered a counter-movement calling for people to cancel their Disney+ subscriptions, though time will tell how effective that will be in terms of demands for the streamer’s content.

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