Hot Sheet: House of the Dragon soars to top five in TV demand

HBO's Game of Thrones has trumped over Netflix's Stranger Things on the overall TV list for the week of Aug. 22 to 28.

Canadian viewers flocked to HBO’s House of the Dragon season premiere, launching it to the top five of the overall TV demand chart in its first week.

The prequel series (pictured) to Game of Thrones starring Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy, and Rhys Ifans was 30.4 times more in demand than the average TV series in Canada for the week of Aug. 22 to 28, according to Parrot Analytics. House of the Dragon, which had its season premiere on Aug. 21, ranked at No. 4 on the overall TV list for the period.

Meanwhile, HBO’s Game of Thrones dethroned Netflix’s Stranger Things on the overall TV list after 15 weeks of the latter topping the chart. The fantasy drama came in at No. 1 for the week and was 39.3 times more in demand – a jump from the previous week’s 28.4 rating – while Stranger Things sat at No. 2.

However, Stranger Things still maintained its No. 1 spot on the digital demand chart for the period with its lowest season four rating yet of 38.9. That number is significantly lower than the previous week’s 71.3.

Rounding out the top five of the digital list are Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building (26.2) at No. 2, Disney+’s She-Hulk: Attorney At Law (23.3) at No. 3, Hulu and Disney+’s The Orville: New Horizons (20.6) at No. 4, and Prime Video’s The Boys (19.4) at No. 5.

AMC’s Better Call Saul landed at No. 3 on the overall TV list, while its Breaking Bad ranked at No. 5.

See the chart from Parrot Analytics below for the top 10 digital originals and overall TV series demand in Canada.

Top 10 Digital Originals: Canada

1. Stranger Things (Netflix): 38.9
2. Only Murders in the Building (Disney+): 26.2
3. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (Disney+): 23.3
4. The Orville (Disney+):20.6
5. The Boys (Prime Video): 19.4
6. The Handmaid’s Tale (Crave): 18.7
7. The Mandalorian (Disney+): 16.3
8. Our Flag Means Death (Crave): 16.3
9. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+): 15.6
10. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney+): 14.5

Top 10 Overall TV Shows: Canada

1. Game of Thrones: 39.3
2. Stranger Things: 38.9
3. Better Call Saul: 34.1
4. House of the Dragon: 30.4
5. Breaking Bad: 26.6
6. Only Murders in the Building: 26.2
7. Sesame Street: 25.5
8. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law: 23.3
9. The Walking Dead: 22.7
10. The Orville: 20.6

Parrot Analytics calculates its Top 10 lists using Demand Expressions, which are shown by using a metric that demonstrates how much more in-demand the top series are than the average TV show (linear, pay TV, SVOD and AVOD) in Canada. For example, a difference of 1x represents the market average and 10x means a series is 10 times more in demand than the average TV show in this market.

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