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‘Honeymooners’ intro’d by Polsat

'50s U.S. comedy nabs 40% share in 1st Polish airing

GDYNIA, Poland — Polsat, the leading commercial channel in Poland, launched its first inhouse sitcom to approving viewers.

“Honeymooners” snuggled up to a 40% share on its first outing last week. That compares to average shares in the range of 17-25% of Polsat shows.

The Polsat sitcom is the newest entry into the local episodic dramatic production.

Pubcaster PTV has a pair of soap operas on air, and Canal Plus’ sitcom “13th Precinct” was just renewed for 40 episodes.

But Polsat’s pick-up of format rights to the 1950s U.S. classic, acquired from Paul Talbot’s Fremantle Corp. is the first format acquisition in the field.

However sweet it is for Polsat, they’ll still have some way to go to catch up with the leader of the pack. That’s TVP’s soap “Clan.” After one year on the air, it pulls in 60-70% of audiences, making it the highest-rated non-news show in the country.