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- This week sees Hulu’s "The Act" and YouTube’s "Cobra Kai" surge.
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As it wraps up its first season, Hulu’s "The Act" continues to grip audiences. But it couldn’t beat YouTube’s "Cobra Kai" this week, which rose to the top. And CBS All Access’ "Star Trek: Discovery" is still going strong, but slumped a tad as its second season recently came to an end.
Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the seven most "in-demand" TV shows on streaming services. The data is based on "demand expressions," the globally standardized TV demand measurement unit from Parrot Analytics. Audience demand reflects the desire, engagement, and viewership weighted by importance, so a stream or download is a higher expression of demand than a "like" or comment on social media.
Below are this week’s seven most popular original shows on Netflix and other streaming services:
7. "Stranger Things" (Netflix)
Average demand expressions: 25,806,446
Description: "When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments."
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 94%
What critics said: "The second season steps up the pace gently, without losing its firm grip on the very specifically dated narrative speed of the first season." — Michael Idato, Sydney Morning Herald
Season 3 drops July 4 on Netflix.
6. "Doom Patrol" (DC Universe)
Average demand expressions: 31,312,049
Description: "DOOM PATROL reimagines one of DC’s most beloved groups of Super Heroes: Robotman aka Cliff Steele (BRENDAN FRASER), Negative Man aka Larry Trainor (MATT BOMER), Elasti-Woman aka Rita Farr (APRIL BOWLBY) and Crazy Jane (DIANE GUERRERO), led by modern-day mad scientist Niles Caulder aka The Chief (TIMOTHY DALTON). Each member of the Doom Patrol suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities, but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found their purpose through The Chief, coming together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence. Following the mysterious disappearance of The Chief these reluctant heroes will find themselves in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg (JOIVAN WADE), who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them."
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 94%
What critics said: "Showrunner Jeremy Carver (Supernatural) has infused Doom Patrol with a good balance of self-referential humor and personal drama to make you already root for the four misfits by the time we get to the end of the episode." — Joel Keller, Decider
Season 1 premiered on DC Universe February 15.
5. "Star Trek: Discovery" (CBS All Access)
CBS All Access
Average demand expressions: 31,426,162
Description: "After answering a distress signal from the U.S.S. Enterprise, season two of Star Trek: Discovery finds the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery joining forces with Captain Christopher Pike on a new mission to investigate seven mysterious red signals and the appearance of an unknown being called the Red Angel. While the crew must work together to unravel their meaning and origin, Michael Burnham is forced to face her past with the return of her estranged brother, Spock."
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 82%
What critics said: "Fast-moving, exciting, building on what went before. But the thing that concerns me is that the writers seem very hung up on how their show relates to the rest of Star Trek." — Lance Parkin, New Statesmen
Season 2 premiered on CBS All Access January 17.
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