Reality series draws viewers into rural matchmaking

While TV cops, forensic investigators and cranky doctors still hold sway over German TV auds, a show about real-life farmers looking for love continues to mesmerize the nation.

Unlike the U.S. version of “Farmer Wants a Wife,” which aired on the CW but failed to make the cut, RTL Television’s “Bauer sucht Frau” has seen its popularity rise consistently since its 2005 preem — and it’s now one of the most popular shows in the nation.

Every season of the show introduces a new crop of lonely farmers, some young, some old, who meet a female candidates looking to hook up.

Last week’s episode attracted 8.46 million viewers, more than ever before, achieving a 26.6 share — a figure that rivals pubcaster ARD’s top-rated police series “Tatort.”

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