Historical mini scores stellar ratings

BERLIN — “Hotel Adlon,” ZDF’s lavish historical miniseries that traces the history of Berlin’s most famous luxury hotel over the last century, has become a resounding success for the pubcaster.

Airing Jan. 6-9 in three two-hour blocks, “Adlon” scored huge ratings and clobbered the usual top-rated fare — ARD’s beloved crime series “Tatort,” RTL’s “Idol” show “Deutschland sucht den Superstar” and “NCIS” on Sat.1.

Directed by Uli Edel (“The Baader Meinhof Complex”), “Adlon” drew 8.5 million viewers on average per night for a 24% market share.

Younger auds also tuned in, providing the opulent family saga a 13% share in the 14-49 demo, nearly double the channel average.

Produced by Oliver Berben’s Berlin-based Moovie and parent company Constantin Film, “Adlon” traces the story of two families whose fates remain interwoven with the luxurious hotel for over four generations and through two world wars.

Located at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, the Adlon was all but destroyed during WWII. Following German reunification, a new Adlon, loosely based on the original — and with much lower ceilings to accommodate more floors — – was built on the same location and opened in 1997, now operated by the Kempinski hotel chain.

“Hotel Adlon” stars Josefine Preuss, Heino Ferch (“Downfall”), Marie Baeumer (“The Counterfeiters”), Burghart Klaussner (“The White Ribbon”), Wotan Wilke Moehring (“The Silence”) and Juergen Vogel (“The Wave”).

Beta Film is handling international rights for the miniseries, which will make its market debut at MipTV in April.

Beta recently celebrated the success of another lavish hotel series, the Spanish “Grand Hotel.”

The series, which airs on Spain’s Antena 3 and on Sky in the U.K., has won three Spanish National TV Academy awards and been praised by the British media as the “Spanish ‘Downton Abbey.'”

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