Blue Planet II
Ahead of its annual showcase sales event in Liverpool, the distribution arm of the British pubcaster has published its top-rating shows internationally, highlighting natural history production and formats.
Which are BBC Worldwide's rating hits? Apparently, according to data released by the distribution arm of the British pubcaster ahead of its annual showcase sales event in Liverpool, international audiences have an appetite for natural history and formats that can be easily adapted.
The first highlight goes for Emmy winner Planet Earth II. The series was the BBC’s most watched finished series of 2017 in Germany, where it was the highest-rating documentary of the year on ZDF; as well as in France, and the Netherlands.
Format remakes also worked well around the globe with Dancing With the Stars coming on top as the most popular overall show in in France, Italy, Sweden, Poland, the US and Norway. In the US, season 25 of the show peaked in ABC with nearly 13 million viewers.
Dancing with the Stars has been licensed to 54 countries, with the most recent launches in Brazil and Ireland. Holland’s adaptation of The Great British Bake Off, Heel Holland Bakt, also topped the charts.
Hit show Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, also made the cut as one of the most popular and highest rated dramas in Russia and the US. Sold into 231 territories, Sherlock was the most watched BBC program during the year.
"Factual shows continue to rate well, but we're also seeing a definite trend towards escapist entertainment as viewers look to take refuge from a complex world," mentioned Paul Dempsey, BBCWW’s president of global markets.
In addition, Blue Planet II - which is yet to release internationally - was a ratings hit in New Zealand and the highest rating natural history show in the region since Frozen Planet (2012).
Meanwhile Doctor Foster also sold to over 200 territories, and was the most watched BBC series in Italy, while Father Brown and DCI Banks took the top spots in Norway and Sweden.
All shows are set among BBCWW’s stand-out shows for the tradeshow this month, which will expect the attendance of more than 700 buyers.
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