David Attenborough went head-to-head with Joe Exotic in the battle for the ‘Most Popular Launch of a Netflix Unscripted Series.’
Tiger King failed to deliver a knockout blow over Our Planet, instead winning on points.
That’s the finding from Parrot Analytics‘ online Demand analysis — a methodology that scoops up and ranks all of a program’s online impressions from downloads to FB likes.
It’s not a Nielsen or BARB rating, but Parrot’s Demand analysis is a useful workaround for Netflix’s secretive management of its viewing data.
Here is the table:
Top 10 Netflix Unscripted Series
Demand Ranking Measures
(14-day period beginning with premiere; U.S.-only)
Source: Parrot Analytics in YES, “TIGER KING” IS A HIT. BUT DATA SHOWS BIGGER CATS IN THE NETFLIX JUNGLE (Kevin Tran, Variety, April 14 2020)
- Tiger‘s +25% higher Demand vs Planet is somewhat inflated by the streamer’s 5%+/- increase in UCAN subscribers in the 12 months between their launches.
- This +20% net advantage is much less decisive than I expected from my reading of Tiger King’s saturation media coverage.
- The finding reinforces both the appeal of Blue Chip Wildlife and of the ageless David Attenborough.
- Both programs enjoyed a big gap over Parrot’s #3-10 ranked Factual programs.
- I’m pleased that the Top 5 includes two revealing documentaries with a socio/political edge — The Family and American Factory — as well as a True Crime series (The Keepers).
- Reality / Lifestyle programs dominate #6-10.
Comparing Scripted Series
The Top 2 Scripted Series measured by launch Demand are:
- The Witcher: 170.0
- Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina: 84.0
Production Budget vs Impact
- Tiger King registers around one sixth the audience Demand at launch of the Scripted leader, The Witcher.
- This gap is reflected in their relative cost: the estimated budget of Tiger is around $2 million / episode, versus $10 million / episode for Witcher.
- My back-of-envelope cost/benefit analysis reveals how the Documentary / Unscripted category keeps on delivering for Netflix.
- Dealing with Covid-19: Unpacking lockdown’s effect on viewing habits by Parrot’s Steve Langdon (TBI).
- My recent coverage of Parrot’s Demand methodology as it reveals useful insights into the audience for documentaries, Lifestyle and Reality.
- For more information, see www.parrotanalytics.com.