Netflix's Most Popular Show Might Surprise You

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With plans to spend $7 billion on new and acquired content in 2018, Netflix keeps a very close eye on which programs are popular among users and which aren’t. That data is famously guarded—even content creators aren’t guaranteed access to that information—but one organization believes it has a system for gauging viewer interest on Netflix, and you might be surprised by the network's most-watched title.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, statisticians at Parrot Analytics have declared the drug drama Narcos to be the most popular original Netflix series for the month of September, followed by Stranger Things, Ozark, Orange is the New Black, and the Marvel team-up series The Defenders. The company looks at what they call “demand expressions,” which measure interest across social media and file-sharing networks to assess which shows are high in viewership.

The analysis isn’t limited to Netflix. Other digital titles across a number of platforms are also examined. For Amazon, The Man in the High Castle topped the list, with The Tick taking second place. For Hulu, the Margaret Atwood adaptation The Handmaid’s Tale and the Stephen King drama 11/22/63 took the top spots. For a given week in September, the king across all streaming platforms was Game of Thrones. Here's a snapshot:

A Parrot Analytics chart of popular streaming content
Parrot Analytics

Naturally, only the higher-ups at Netflix and other services can confirm the accuracy of these impressions, but they rarely discuss viewership numbers. Netflix president Ted Sarandos did acknowledge the method during a press gathering in 2015, saying that Narcos is “produced by a French company, shot in Colombia with Brazilian stars, and hugely popular in Germany. This is the first flavor of what global television can be."

[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]

Marvel Fan Creates Petition to Bring Back Luke Cage Following Netflix Cancellation

David Lee, Netflix
David Lee, Netflix

Fans are still shocked over Netflix's cancellation of ​Luke Cage​. For many, it's the end to an important series that tackled racial issues and privilege with a predominantly black cast. So Marvel fans are fighting to bring it back.

Luke Hunter took to Change.org and launched a petition for ​Netflix to bring back the two-time People's Choice Award-nominated show.

Luke Cage is the finest Marvel show in existence," the petition plea begins. "It exemplifies heroics, sassy banter, great music, and family fun. The cancellation of this beloved show is utterly flabbergasting. We must fight to save our hero of Harlem as he fights for us. Save Power Man!”

The petition, which started yesterday, already has 2060 signees, with a goal of 2500 signatures.

Luke Cage is one of many Marvel shows that Netflix has axed in recent months. The streaming service ​cancelled Iron Fist just last week.

Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season," Marvel and Netflix announced in a joint statement. "Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series."

Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Disney has no plans to bring back the show on its ​upcoming streaming service, or on any other platform.

Halloween Breaks Franchise Record With $77.5M Opening

Ryan Green, Universal Pictures
Ryan Green, Universal Pictures

Horror fans have waited nearly a decade to see ​Michael Myers return to the big screen, and have finally gotten to see the knife-wielding serial killer return in an exhilarating and frightening new movie.

The nine-year wait for a new Halloween movie was the longest in the series' history, and it did not disappoint—especially when it came to its box office haul. In North America, ​Variety reports that the movie earned $77.5 million over the weekend after launching on nearly 4000 screens. It's the second-highest October debut in history, only behind this year's Venom.

The new film, which is directed by David Gordon Green, obliterated the series' previous record-holder, Rob Zombie's polarizing 2007 remake, which made $26 million in its first weekend.

"I am enormously proud of this film,” producer Jason Blum said in a statement. “Halloween brings the franchise back to life in a fresh, relevant, and fun way that is winning over fans and critics alike.”

Early estimates were targeting a $65 million opening weekend, but it hardly comes as a surprise that fans came out in droves to see the movie. Not only is Halloween a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 classic, which is easily the most acclaimed film in the series' history, but it also saw ​Jamie Lee Curtis reprise her iconic role as Laurie Strode.

Curtis wasn't the only returning player; ​John Carpenter came on board as the executive producer, which marks his first direct involvement in the series since 1981's Halloween 2.

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