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Q: Ratings for US TV Shows in foreign countries ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Ratings for US TV Shows in foreign countries
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Television
Asked by: don3838-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 28 Jun 2002 06:53 PDT
Expires: 28 Jul 2002 06:53 PDT
Question ID: 34492
I would like to know which US shows are most popular in countries
around the world. Are there listings of foreign TV ratings for
American shows?
Subject: Re: Ratings for US TV Shows in foreign countries
Answered By: j_philipp-ga on 28 Jun 2002 08:14 PDT
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
Hello Don3838,

Many articles state that Baywatch is the most popular TV show around
the world.
"Internationally, Baywatch is the most popular TV show in history."

What other popular shows are there these days?
Quote Washington Post - American Pop Penetrates Worldwide (by Paul
Farhi and Megan Rosenfeld)
""ER," "Chicago Hope" and "NYPD Blue" are hits in West European
countries such as England, the Netherlands and Germany, buyers said.
(...) "Seinfeld" airs in many places, but not always in prime time."
(...) people around the world can't seem to get enough of "Buffy the
Vampire Slayer." (...) "The X-Files" airs in 60 countries."

Klaus Hallig is quoted in same article:
"In Central Europe, "they want cars to be exploded 14 stories high --
blow 'em up, kill 'em, stab 'em," said , who buys for Poland, Hungary,
the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Romania. He bought "Cannon,"
"Bonanza," "Miami Vice" and the "A-Team," as well as "Little House On
the Prairie" and "Highway to Heaven."

Many countries now deliver "home-grown" entertainment programs.
Compare that to "ten years ago, most shows [in German prime-time] were
'Dallas,' 'Dynasty' and 'Miami Vice.'"

A variety of shows is based on American ones, but localized for
specific markets, such as "Wheel of Fortune" or "The Price is Right"

Also, MTV delivers special programs for other, non-US countries.
(There are said to be 14 different 24-hour feeds.)

Star Trek: The Next Generation, and other Star Trek incarnations, are
very popular in many countries.
See Entertainment Zone - Daily News on The National Network (TNN):
"Anchored by some of the most popular series around the world,

Also, reality TV is very popular the last years, even though shows
like "Big Brother" and "Survivor" originated in Europe [2].

For some in-depth background information, comparing different big
players worldwide, see:

Television & Globalization - Critical Issues

While "Seinfeld", "Friends" and other comedy series are shown in many
countries, they're not always very popular, oftentimes suffering from
bad dubs.

Hope this helps!

Further information:

    TV Show - Television Schedules Worldwide


[1] In Germany: "Glücksrad", and "Der Preiss ist Heiss" respectively.

[2] References:

The Online Reporter - Rating reality

See BBC News - Reality TV around the globe:

And OnlineNewshour - Get Real

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don3838-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Ratings for US TV Shows in foreign countries
From: secret901-ga on 30 Jun 2002 20:56 PDT
No matter what anyone says, I still think that The Simpsons is the
world's most popular TV show :-)
Subject: Re: Ratings for US TV Shows in foreign countries
From: shey-ga on 02 Aug 2002 08:02 PDT
For viewing fuigures on UK tv, get in touch with BARB.
Subject: Re: Ratings for US TV Shows in foreign countries
From: shey-ga on 02 Aug 2002 08:03 PDT
You could try IPA Trands in Television, too:

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