The top 9 shows on Netflix and other streaming services this week
- Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand original TV shows on streaming services in the US.
- This week’s new entry is Netflix’s “The Witcher.”
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HBO’s “Game of Thrones” ended this year, but Netflix now has its own hit fantasy show based on a popular book series: “The Witcher.”
Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand TV shows on streaming services in the US. The data is based on “demand expressions,” Parrot Analytics’ globally standardized TV-demand measurement unit. Audience demand reflects the desire, engagement, and viewership weighted by importance, so a stream or a download is a higher expression of demand than a “like” or a comment on social media, for instance.
“The Mandalorian” is still at the top of the list, but we’ll see if it maintains its dominance next week now that the season finale is streaming.
Below are this week’s nine most popular original shows on Netflix and other streaming services:
9. “The Crown” (Netflix)
Average demand expressions: 31,112,020
Description: “This drama follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 91%
What critics said: “It remains an engaging mix of personal drama and world events, and it humanizes members of the royal family in ways that are little short of miraculous.” — Salt Lake Tribune (Season 3)
Season 3 premiered November 17 on Netflix. See more insights here.
8. “Harley Quinn” (DC Universe)
Average demand expressions: 33,814,387
Description: “Harley Quinn has finally broken things off with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City in this adult animated action-comedy series which also features Poison Ivy and a whole cast of heroes and villains, old and new, from the DC Universe.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 88%
What critics said: “Harley Quinn is just a treat. It feels like visiting Gotham from her singularly-psycho perspective, with all the colorful action and doofy humor that entails.” — Collider (season 1)
Season 1 premiered on November 29 on DC Universe. See more insights here.
7. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon Prime Video)
Average demand expressions: 35,129,945
Description: “Midge and Susie discover that life on tour with Shy is glamorous but humbling, and they learn a lesson about show business they’ll never forget. Joel struggles to support Midge while pursuing his own dreams. Abe embraces a new mission and Rose learns she has talents of her own.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 82%
What critics said: “In its third season, Amazon Prime’s ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ couldn’t exhibit more moxie if it tried. Yet it tries!” — The Washington Post (Season 3)
Season 3 premiered December 6 on Amazon Prime Video. See more insights here.
6. “Lucifer” (Netflix)
Average demand expressions: 35,149,214
Description: “Bored with being the Lord of Hell, the devil relocates to Los Angeles, where he opens a nightclub and forms a connection with a homicide detective.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 4): 100%
What critics said: “But the series hasn’t fundamentally changed in moving to Netflix. It still mixes drama with humor and horror, often going from one to the other in seconds. And it still has a wonderfully portrayed cast of characters who put the ‘fun’ in ‘dysfunctional.'” — Fansided (season 4)
Season 4 premiered on Netflix May 8. See more insights here.
5. “The Expanse” (Amazon Prime Video)
Average demand expressions: 38,682,569
Description: “With the Ring Gates now open to thousands of new planets, a blood-soaked gold rush begins, igniting new conflicts between Earth, Mars, and the Belt. Meanwhile, on one unexplored planet, the Rocinante crew gets caught in a violent clash between an Earth mining corporation and desperate Belter settlers as deadly, new threats from the protomolecule emerge.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 4): 100%
What critics said: “In an age of peak television when everyone keeps asking what the true successor to ‘Game of Thrones’ is, ‘The Expanse’ has managed to become precisely that, though with far less fanfare than its fantasy-based counterpart at HBO.” — Uproxx (season 4)
Season 4 premiered on Prime Video December 13. See more insights here.
4. “Titans” (DC Universe)
Average demand expressions: 52,118,202
Description: “‘Titans’ follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and lovable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 85%
What critics said: “Titans: Season 2 has been a giant mess of a superhero series. An entertaining and sometimes engrossing mess, but still a mess. The series has repeatedly made the mistake of trying to take on too much at once and balance more characters than it can realistically manage.” — IGN (Season 2)
Season 2 premiered on DC Universe on September 6. See more insights here.
3. “The Witcher” (Netflix)
Average demand expressions: 64,812,982
Description: “Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 56%
What critics said: “The bats— energy driving a slew of increasingly odd choices makes for a pretty entertaining spectacle.” — Indiewire (season 1)
Season 1 premiered on Netflix on December 20. See more insights here.
2. “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
Average demand expressions: 72,842,991
Description: “When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 89%
What critics said: “Returning after a nearly two-year break, ‘Stranger Things’ is as ‘Stranger Things’-y as ever, which is both good and bad.” — Vulture (Season 3)
Season 3 premiered July 4 on Netflix. See more insights here.
1. “The Mandalorian” (Disney Plus)
Average demand expressions: 112,745,245
Description: “After the fall of the Empire, a lone gunfighter makes his way through the lawless galaxy.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 94%
What critics said: “A week after the release of ‘Rise of the Skywalker’ brought the main movie saga to a disappointingly frantic, muddled end, ‘The Mandalorian’ wraps its first season in splendid form.” — Rolling Stone (Season 1)