The series based on Elena Ferrante’s bestsellers is on the podium with ‘Gomorrah’ and ‘The Young Pope’
The new ranking elaborated by Parrot Analytics for Il Corriere refers to the period from January 1st to June 14th, 2020. It evaluated the popularity of Italian TV series in the U.S. Based on Demand Expressions. This is an index that measures the interest in television products aggregating streaming, downloads, interactions on social media, and internet searches.
‘My Brilliant Friend‘, the TV series based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling novels, is the one that currently Americans love the most. So far, they have been able to watch only two eight-episode seasons created by Saverio Costanzo. However, Ferrante wrote four novels and sixteen more episodes, divided into two seasons, are already in pre-production. And they will cover the last two novels. According to Parrot Analytics, ‘My Brilliant Friend’ is 6.2 times more popular than the average TV series.
The silver medal goes to ‘Gomorrah‘, based on the novel by the Neapolitan writer and journalist Roberto Saviano. The first two seasons of the series are 6 times more popular than the average one. However, since the series’ rights in the US belong belonged to Harvey Weinstein’s company, which filed for bankruptcy after the owner’s sex scandal. This had a negative impact on the distribution of the series’ third and fourth season.
On the third step of the podium, there is Paolo Sorrentino with his ‘The Young Pope‘ and ‘The New Pope‘, produced by Sky, HBO, and Canal+. Demand Expression considers both chapters of the series that share the same internationally renowned cast, which includes Jude Law and John Malkovich.