Season six sees show's ratings perk up

BERLIN — Achieving its biggest ratings so far this year, “House” is recovering nicely on Germany’s RTL after sinking to serious lows.

While still one of the highest-rated U.S. shows in Germany, “House” had taken a sharp fall in recent months — the season five finale suffered the lowest ratings of any first-run episode. Yet the show has improved dramatically with the premiere of season six on April 6 and “House” continues to make major strides toward full recovery. Airing Tuesdays at 9:15 p.m. following RTL’s other hit U.S. import “CSI: Miami,” “House” attracted 4.86 million viewers on April 20 for a 15.7% share; among the key 14-49 demo, that translated to 25.9% — its highest market share of the year (but still well below past peaks of 35%). “House” lost considerable ground due in part to RTL’s practice of mixing new season episodes with re-runs.

The still popular “CSI: Miami” drew an audience of 4.79 million and scored a 23.2% share among target viewers.

Yet neither of those shows came close to the heavenly ratings of pubcaster ARD’s hit Tuesday night dramas “Um Himmels Willen,” about a group of nuns living in a convent in Bavaria, and medical skein “In aller Freundschaft.” The former attracted 7.47 million viewers, albeit most of them well beyond the 14-49 demo favored by commercial rivals, while the latter drew 6.95 million.

Meanwhile, U.S. series on commercial rival ProSieben, such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” have taken backseat to Champion’s League soccer on affiliate web Sat.1.

The medical drama lost considerable ground in its Wednesday night slot as FC Bayern took on French rivals Olympique Lyon live on Sat.1.

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