TV Demand: The Handmaid’s Tale takes the cake

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Stranger Things continues to hang around near the top, placing second

The Handmaid’s Tale on SBS has narrowly claimed the top spot on Australia’s digital originals for a second week with a difference of 25.37 from the market average. In New Zealand’s digital originals, the series has climbed the ranks, making its way to first from third with a 20.95 point difference.

Season five premiered a month ago with episodes released weekly since then. In the most recent episode, June received a surprise visitor, and along with them, a tempting offer, while Serena found herself at rock bottom. In overall TV shows, The Handmaid’s Tale clocked fourth in Australia and third in New Zealand. 

Stranger Things continues to hang around near the top, placing second in Australia and New Zealand’s digital originals with 24.08 and 20.09 points, respectively. Despite the season four finale of the sci-fi series airing almost four months ago, the series has maintained momentum ever since, consistently placing at the top of the charts.

In recent Stranger Things news, Millie Bobby Brown addressed a popular fan theory during an interview with ET. Brown shared her reaction to theories that Eddie Munson – who was killed in season 4 – could return in season 5.  “I mean, it’s a good fan theory,” she said.

Coming third in the Australian and New Zealand digital originals was Disney+ digital original, Andor. The series is part of the Star Wars franchise and is a prequel to the Star Wars spin-off film Rogue One (2016). The series follows thief-turned-Rebel spy Cassian Andor during the five years leading up to the events of the film. In Australia, the show had a difference of 22.41 and 19.07 points in New Zealand. 

Over on Australia’s overall TV shows, Game of Thrones topped the chart, coming in 36.66 times more in demand than its competitors. House Of The Dragon followed closely behind with 34.39 points above average as the finale aired on October 23. 

New Zealand’s overall shows saw House Of The Dragon take out the top spot with 32.51 points above the average followed by Game of Thrones with 25.4 points. 

Doctor Who placed third in Australia’s overall shows with 28.4 points above average as a global deal announced last month between BBC and Disney Branded Television will see Doctor Who leave the ABC and only be available on Disney+ in markets outside of the UK.


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