We are fast approaching the halfway point of 2020, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars has become the most streamed show of the year, with The Mandalorian in second place. This is incredible considering that Disney+ is a fledgling service, albeit with over 57 million subscribers.
First, to become number 1, this show had to beat out some Netflix heavy-weights. Netflix shows are very good at dominating the social conversation and trending worldwide. But its winner, Stranger Things, came in at number 3, on the “digital originals” chart, down 1.5 percent with 57.9 million expressions. This is for the week of May 4, according to Media Play News.
For Parrot Analytics, it deems something a “digital original” if it’s a multi-episode show with the current season debuting on a streaming site. This includes Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, or Disney+.
Another Netflix show on the list that everyone was obsessed with when it premiered was Tiger King. But while it was at the top of the list previously, coming in at number 3 as of April 27, it’s nowhere on there now.
Parrot figures out these expressions with a mix of data, including “video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites,” according to Media Play News.
The number 1 spot went to Star Wars: The Clone Wars with over 139.9 million average daily Demand Expressions, which is up 43.7 percent. It took the number 1 spot in April with 67 million digital expressions. Again, a big jump.
The Mandalorian isn’t far behind in the number 2 spot with a 25.2 percent number. It had 62.3 million expressions. This spike for both shows comes as The Clone Wars’ Season 7 (and series) finale premiered on May 4. Disney+ did a special Star Wars Day lineup with that premiere and the Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian premiere episode. This definitely seemed to work in Disney’s favor with these massive jumps in viewership and trending traction.