Slow outing for ZDF foreign series

'Anna Pihl' a hit in home territory

German pubcaster ZDF on Thursday bowed its first foreign series on primetime since “The Fall Guy” and “Alf.”

Yes, it’s been that long.

Unlike those memorable Hollywood series, however, “Anna Pihl” hails from Denmark. Revolving around a female cop who also happens to be a single mother, the skein has become a solid hit in its home territory, where it airs on TV2.

Yet “Anna Pihl” left ZDF wanting. Some 2.84 million viewers tuned in to watch Thursday evening’s premiere episode — an 11.4% market share. Programmers at the pubcaster are aiming for at least a 13% share if the show is to continue. ZDF has acquired the first two seasons and an option for the third.

As for the current crop of hot U.S. shows, German commercial webs RTL, Vox and ProSieben have long since established themselves as the premiere outlets of Hollywood fare.

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