'CSI: Miami' gains momentum in Europe

MUMBAI: The investigative drama show CSI: Miami which airs in India on action oriented AXN is getting good ratings across Europe.

CSI: Miami, which is the second variation of the CSI franchise, has done well in prime time on several European networks. CSI: Miami is the top-rated American show on RTL in Germany. It hit a market share of almost 40 per cent in prime time on France's TF1. It is the third-highest rated US drama airing in the UK on Five; and on Telecinco in Spain, it is the second-highest rated US drama.

International Television Distribution executive MD Ted Riley says, "CSI: Miami has been consistently gaining momentum internationally, and is now available virtually everywhere in the world. The fact that CSI: Miami is pulling in such stellar ratings on primetime European schedules, against premium domestic content - is a huge testament to this magnetic series and the immense popularity of the CSI franchise."

In Germany, CSI: Miami moved from Vox to RTL earlier this year and it has become the top-rated American show in Germany. Since the launch of the third season CSI: Miami has consistently pulled in over 26 per cent audience share in the coveted 14-49 demographic, peaking at over six million viewers on 20 September, 2005.

RTL CEO Anke Schäferkordt says, "CSI: Miami is first-rate crime entertainment. RTL viewers simply love the series. CSI: Miami is not only a big success on RTL Television, it is also the most successful US series on German television."

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