Two-parter nabbed 19% share in U.K.
ITV’s latest period saga “Wuthering Heights,” which pulled in an impressive 19% viewing share in its debut for ITV1 Sunday, is shaping up to be a strong performer in the international sales market.Co-produced by WGBH Boston, the two-part adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic story has sold to ABC (Australia), W Network (Canada), TVNZ (New Zealand), VRT (Belgium), TV2 (Denmark), KRO (Holland), TV4 (Sweden), CYBC (Cyprus), Futura (Brazil), Mio TV (Singapore) and PTS (Taiwan). “Wuthering Heights” was Blighty’s highest-rated show Sunday despite facing competition from the terrestrial debut of the Jane Austen-inspired movie “Becoming Jane,” broadcast by BBC flagship web BBC1. ITV Global, the broadcaster’s distribution arm, hopes “Wuthering Heights” will repeat the success of another of its English period pieces, “Lost in Austen,” also produced by Mammoth Screen. It sold to more than 100 territories. “Wuthering Heights” aired in January on PBS.
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