×

‘House’ makes recovery in Germany

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.

More TV

  • 'The Bachelor' Recap: Finding Love Among

    'The Bachelor' Recap: Finding Love Among Hometown Dates

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the eighth episode of Season 24 of “The Bachelor.” For the first glimpse of the real world in weeks, titular bachelor Peter Weber took his women back home. With only four women remaining — Hannah Ann Sluss, Kelsey Weier, Madison Prewett and Victoria Fuller — [...]

  • Drew Carey Price Is Right

    'Price Is Right' Tapings Delayed After Drew Carey's Ex-Fiance Killed

    “The Price Is Right” tapings have been postponed following news that host Drew Carey’s ex-fiance was killed last week. Family and sex therapist Amie Harwick, 38, was found Saturday morning at her home in Los Angeles with injuries consistent with a fall. She later died at the hospital. Her ex-boyfriend Gareth Pursehouse has been arrested [...]

  • Caroline Flack

    'Love Island' Returns to Air As ITV Defends Treatment of Caroline Flack

    ‘Love Island’ was back on air Monday for the first time since the death of former host Caroline Flack on Feb. 15. Amid the reality series’ return, broadcaster ITV insists it supported the star after she was removed from the show. Monday night’s episode began somberly with narrator Iain Stirling providing voiceover over scenes of [...]

  • Tiffany BooneEntertainment Weekly Pre-SAG Party, Arrivals,

    Actor Tiffany Boone Addresses Her Decision to Quit 'The Chi'

    Actor Tiffany Boone addressed her exit from “The Chi,” the Showtime series she departed in November 2018 after making harassment allegations against her former co-star Jason Mitchell. Mitchell was fired from the show last May as a result of intimidation and abuse accusations made by Boone and showrunner Ayanna Floyd Davis. Mitchell was subsequently dismissed [...]

  • Amazon Prime nabs ‘Russian Affairs’ for

    Amazon Prime Nabs ‘Russian Affairs’ for Germany, France and the Netherlands

    Amazon Prime Video has acquired the first season of series “Russian Affairs” for distribution in Germany, France and the Netherlands, from Russia’s Start Studios. The eight-part drama that follows the lives of Russia’s elite and those who aspire to that position is set in contemporary Moscow. Under the title “Gold Diggers,” the series was broadcast [...]

  • MODEL RELEASED Mother with baby, 1

    Channel 4 Orders ‘Baby Surgeons’ From Wonderhood Studios

    U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Wonderhood Studios for a documentary series with the working title “Baby Surgeons.” The series will explore the journeys parents go through to save their babies during complex pregnancies and will feature cutting-edge baby surgeries, some performed inside the womb. It will also use CGI, MRI and Ultrasound to enhance [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content