Germany’s RTL tops rivals

Germany’s upstart 7-year-old private TV network, RTL, pushed its way to the top in the December ratings, reaching 19.4% of the country’s 34 million households.

“It’s the first time it’s happened in modern history,” said Peter Trunk, RTL’s Los Angeles rep. “It would be the equivalent if Fox had the highest market share for one month. And like Fox, RTL is the new kid on the block.”

RTL reaches 5 million fewer households than its rivals, semi-public networks ARD and ZDF, which garnered 18.8% and 18.5% respectively in December.

Trunk said “programming is basically the reason.” And while U.S. shows dubbed into German make up less than 50% of sked, RTL’s best-rated show is “Columbo.”

More TV

  • Facebook - tv academy emmys 2017

    70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Date Announced

    Germany’s upstart 7-year-old private TV network, RTL, pushed its way to the top in the December ratings, reaching 19.4% of the country’s 34 million households. “It’s the first time it’s happened in modern history,” said Peter Trunk, RTL’s Los Angeles rep. “It would be the equivalent if Fox had the highest market share for one […]

  • Homeland Season 6 finale

    'Homeland' Season 7 Sets Premiere Date, Drops First Trailer

    Germany’s upstart 7-year-old private TV network, RTL, pushed its way to the top in the December ratings, reaching 19.4% of the country’s 34 million households. “It’s the first time it’s happened in modern history,” said Peter Trunk, RTL’s Los Angeles rep. “It would be the equivalent if Fox had the highest market share for one […]

  • Chris Hardwick David X Cohen

    Chris Hardwick, David X. Cohen Team for Museum Comedy in Development at NBC

    Germany’s upstart 7-year-old private TV network, RTL, pushed its way to the top in the December ratings, reaching 19.4% of the country’s 34 million households. “It’s the first time it’s happened in modern history,” said Peter Trunk, RTL’s Los Angeles rep. “It would be the equivalent if Fox had the highest market share for one […]

  • BETTER LATE THAN NEVER -- "Munich"

    TV Ratings: 'Better Late Than Never' Season 2 Debuts Down Double Digits

    Germany’s upstart 7-year-old private TV network, RTL, pushed its way to the top in the December ratings, reaching 19.4% of the country’s 34 million households. “It’s the first time it’s happened in modern history,” said Peter Trunk, RTL’s Los Angeles rep. “It would be the equivalent if Fox had the highest market share for one […]

  • Steven Victor and Pras

    Pras to Helm TV Series Inspired by Real-Life Stories of Hip-Hop Cops

    Germany’s upstart 7-year-old private TV network, RTL, pushed its way to the top in the December ratings, reaching 19.4% of the country’s 34 million households. “It’s the first time it’s happened in modern history,” said Peter Trunk, RTL’s Los Angeles rep. “It would be the equivalent if Fox had the highest market share for one […]

  • The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode

    'Walking Dead' Posts Lowest Midseason Finale Ratings Since Season 2

    Germany’s upstart 7-year-old private TV network, RTL, pushed its way to the top in the December ratings, reaching 19.4% of the country’s 34 million households. “It’s the first time it’s happened in modern history,” said Peter Trunk, RTL’s Los Angeles rep. “It would be the equivalent if Fox had the highest market share for one […]

  • 'Today' Ratings Continue to Surge After

    'Today' Ratings Continue to Surge After Matt Lauer Departure

    Germany’s upstart 7-year-old private TV network, RTL, pushed its way to the top in the December ratings, reaching 19.4% of the country’s 34 million households. “It’s the first time it’s happened in modern history,” said Peter Trunk, RTL’s Los Angeles rep. “It would be the equivalent if Fox had the highest market share for one […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content