So long, Stranger Things. Disney Plus' live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, is now the top-streamed TV series in the United States, according to Business Insider. The popular Netflix science fiction series reportedly held the top spot for 21 weeks.
Between November 17th through the 23rd, the Star Wars series garnered well over 100 million demand expressions, a term used to describe the "total audience demand" that is expressed for any given film or series within a country on a platform. Stranger Things had 81 million demand expressions during the same week; The Mandalorian also beat out The Umbrella Academy and When They See Us — two of Netflix's most popular titles.
Though The Mandalorian is clearly a popular show, its individual success shouldn't be mixed up with the overall success of Disney Plus, demand measurement platform Parrot Analytics says. "While demand is a metric that should not be confused with subscriber numbers, this is a strong indication that the Star Wars series is driving a lot of sign-ups to the recently-debuted Disney Plus service," a spokesperson for Parrot Analytics told Business Insider. So yeah, Disney just keeps winning no matter how you slice it.
The success of the series has inspired much-loved GIFs of "Baby Yoda," which were pulled from GIPHY for a moment but then were returned to the GIF-making website after some confusion about the copyright. "Last week, there was some confusion around certain content uploaded to Giphy and we temporarily removed these GIFs while we reviewed the situation," GIPHY said in a statement. "We are happy to report that the [Baby Yoda] GIFs are once again live on Giphy."