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 list includes Netflix's "Stranger Things" and DC Universe's "Harley Quinn." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
DC Universe's adult-oriented animated series, "Harley Quinn," got a big boost in audience demand this week, likely due to the release of the movie "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)." 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. This week, Netflix's "The Witcher" fell behind "Stranger Things." Expect the latter to gain an even bigger boost in the week ahead thanks to the release of the first teaser for season four on Friday.
Below are this week's nine most popular original shows on Netflix and other streaming services:
SEE ALSO: Exclusive data show Amazon is doubling down on sci-fi TV shows while Netflix expands its comedy and romance offerings 9. "You" (Netflix)
Average demand expressions: 36,637,262 Description: "A dangerously charming, intensely obsessive young man goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he is transfixed by." Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 89% What critics said: "The second season of You is even more bonkers than its predecessor, rectifying loose plot threads and keeping the addictive contents of the first season." — Film Inquiry (Season 2) Season 2 premiered on Netflix on December 26. See more insights here. 8. "BoJack Horseman" (Netflix)
Average demand expressions: 39,250,039 Description: "Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the '90s, 20 years later. He's a curmudgeon with a heart of...not quite gold...but something like gold. Copper?" Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 6): 96% What critics said: "The last few episodes hit all the right, bittersweet notes, and make the entire journey feel richer for how smartly the show chose its ultimate destination." — Rolling Stone (season 6) The final episodes premiered on January 31 on Netflix. See more insights here. 7. "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" (Netflix)
Average demand expressions: 41,371,945 Description: "Magic and mischief collide as half-human, half-witch Sabrina navigates between two worlds: mortal teen life and her family's legacy, the Church of Night." Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 89% What critics said: "The character growth of Part 3 is simply put, delicious. The emotional payoffs of each journey keep the show from slipping into WTF!?! territory and firmly ground CAOS as a show with something to say outside of quippy one-liners." — TV Guide (season 3) Season 3 premiered on January 24 on Netflix. See more insights here. 6. "Star Trek: Picard" (CBS All Access)
Average demand expressions: 47,086,222 Description: "'Star Trek: Picard' features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation.' The new series will follow this iconic character into the next chapter of his life." Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 92% What critics said: "Overall, it felt eerily successful, a bit like when McDonald's started selling salads and decent coffee." — Times (season 1) Season 1 premiered on January 23 on CBS All Access. See more insights here. 5. "Titans" (DC Universe)
Average demand expressions: 51,993,635 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: "With a bit of time, Titans might end up getting steady on its feet again and returning to being one of the better live-action cape shows, but for the time being, it's definitely showed itself to be a bit more than rusty." —io9 (Season 2) Season 2 premiered on DC Universe on September 6. See more insights here. 4. "Harley Quinn" (DC Universe)
Average demand expressions: 52,462,402 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): 89% What critics said: "For DC fans to animation lovers, this is the perfect show for you. Prepare for utter insanity from start to finish, and expect to be shocked and offended at every turn." — Flickering Myth (season 1) Season 1 premiered on November 29 on DC Universe. See more insights here. 3. "The Witcher" (Netflix)
Average demand expressions: 61,633,128 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): 66% What critics said: "When the worst thing you can say about a series is that every episode ends up being better than the one that preceded it, that leaves an exciting amount of room to grow." — AV Club (Season 1) Season 1 premiered on Netflix on December 20. See more insights here. 2. "Stranger Things" (Netflix)
Average demand expressions: 63,967,248 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: "What these ideas come down to, in the show's thrillingly propulsive and self-consciously familiar conclusion, is the nature of a country that fully believes it's the greatest in the world while also being well aware of its own capacity for destruction." — The Atlantic (Season 3) Season 3 premiered July 4 on Netflix. See more insights here. 1. "The Mandalorian" (Disney Plus)
Average demand expressions: 74,038,564 Description: "After the fall of the Empire, a lone gunfighter makes his way through the lawless galaxy." Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 95% What critics said: "It is a relief and a joy to see that The Mandalorian knows what it is here to do; it knows who it is fighting for." — Vanity Fair (Season 1) Season 1 premiered on Disney Plus on November 12. See more insights here.
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Netflix said in its third quarter earnings report on Wednesday that 64 million households watched "Stranger...Netflix said in its third quarter earnings report on Wednesday that 64 million households watched "Stranger Things" season three. Netflix has pulled the curtain back on viewership recently and championed some of its most popular movies and TV shows. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Netflix, famous for closely guarding its viewership data, has lifted the curtain on some of its most popular content recently. During its third quarter earnings report on Wednesday, the streaming giant said that "Stranger Things" season three was the show's biggest season yet and was watched by 64 million member households in its first four weeks of release. It also said that its romcom "Tall Girl" was watched by 41 million households and that its limited series "When They See Us" by 25 million in the first month. Netflix has championed other hit original movies and TV shows in recent months after years of keeping its viewership mostly shrouded in secrecy. READ MORE: Netflix climbs 10% on international and earnings growth, despite missing subscriber targets for the second straight quarter But what it defines as viewership is non-traditional. It counts a view if an account watches 70% of a movie's runtime or 70% of a single episode of a TV show. We don't know how many accounts actually finish an entire movie or TV season. It said in December that "Bird Box" was its biggest movie yet and was watched by 45 million accounts worldwide in just its first week. It went on to be watched by 80 million households in its first month. The action movie "Triple Frontier" was watched by 52 million accounts in the first month. Many of Netflix's most popular movies are torn apart by critics, from Adam Sandler's "Murder Mystery" (73 million households in the first month) to "The Highwaymen" (40 million), which received 45% and 57% Rotten Tomatoes critic scores, respectively. We collected the top eight TV shows and movies that Netflix has said are some of its biggest hits below:8. "Tall Girl" — 41 million Netflix description: "After years of slouching through life, 6-foot-1 teen Jodi resolves to conquer her insecurities and gets caught up in a high school love triangle." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 44% What critics said: "From a one-note mean girl stereotype to a complete disinterest in how social media shapes the lives of teens, Sam Wolfson's lackluster script fails to bring anything new or timely to the teen rom-com table." — AV Club READ MORE: Netflix championed its ability to 'create a brand almost out of thin air' ahead of the launch of Disney Plus, citing the success of 'Tall Girl' 7. "Money Heist (La Casa de Papel)" season 3 — 44 million Netflix description: "With millions of euros and their lives on the line, nine robbers attempt to pull off the greatest heist of all time." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 100% What critics said: "If you enjoyed seasons 1 and 2 and maybe even learned some Spanish in the process, this cynical Spaniard has good news for you: You'll enjoy part 3. A lot." — CNet (Season 3) 6. "The Umbrella Academy" season 1 — 45 million Netflix description: "Reunited by their father's death, estranged siblings with extraordinary powers uncover shocking family secrets — and a looming threat to humanity." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 77% What critics said: "It has flaws and excesses, but the series nonetheless lands in the sweet spot between comedy and drama, and between a plot-and-action-driven narrative and character exploration." — Boston Globe (Season 1) READ MORE: Netflix says 'The Umbrella Academy' was watched by 45 million households in the first month, and it's been renewed for season 2 5. "The Perfect Date" — 48 million Netflix description: "To earn money for college, a high schooler launches an app offering his services as a fake date. But when real feelings emerge, things get complicated." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 69% What critics said: "'The Perfect Date' feels engineered by Netflix algorithms." — Los Angeles Times 4. "Triple Frontier" — 52 million Netflix description: "They served their country. Now they're scrambling to get by. A daring heist could net them millions — if they make it out alive." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 72% What critics said: "If you dig shoot-'em-up sequences, 'Triple Frontier' has plenty and they're often the default. Yet what it does well — though not enough — is introduce the complicated motivations of characters and what's led them to this somewhat impossible mission." — USA Today READ MORE: Netflix won't stop bragging about the millions of people who watch its mediocre original movies 3. "Stranger Things" season 3 — 64 million Netflix description: "When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 93% What critics said: "It's a real and joyful return to form for the show that has been taken fiercely to the hearts of people who weren't there the first time round and, perhaps even more fiercely, by those who were." — Guardian (Season 3) 2. "Murder Mystery" — 73 million Netflix description: "An overdue honeymoon. A shocking crime. A roomful of suspects. If Nick and Audrey can stay alive, this could be their best vacation ever." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 45% What critics said: "It would be uncomfortably cynical to assume that Sandler thinks these novocaine-like comedies are what common people want to watch, but the guy doesn't leave us much choice." — Indiewire READ MORE: Critics trashed Adam Sandler's 'Murder Mystery,' but Netflix said 73 million households watched it in the first month 1. "Bird Box" — 80 million Netflix description: "Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a survivor and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 63% What critics said: "Is it good? Not really, but it doesn't need to be." — Salon