When the fireworks from the start of 2017 had calmed down, nice found no reason to stop celebrating. The new year has been filled with successes and awards raining our way.
It all started January 2nd when the long-running rating-killer THE FARM premiered on TV2 in Norway with its celebrity version. Although the popular reality series has been named the channels safest bets with between 45 and 50% share for 12 seasons, the premiere of this year’s show beat all records. The first episode had an impressive 876.000 viewers, and this was the second best premiere on the channel ever. The numbers are still very high, and TV2 just confirmed a deal with Strix in Norway that has started the preparations for a new season that will go into production this summer.
Last week 5 of the 10 best rated shows on Norwegian television were produced by Strix – being THE FARM on TV2 and ANNO on NRK.
THE FARM also premiered in Sweden in its 10th season this January with a strong 22,4% share on TV4.
Talking about records, Novemberfilm launched its 6th season of the journalistic factual series INSIDER on the Discovery channel MAX the first week of January. That went really well, but even more interesting is the launch of a female skewing version of the series on FEM the week after became the best premiere on the channel ever with 144.000 viewers. This grew to 300.000 viewers during the week – including reruns and online watching- And even though we now have both a masculine and a feminine version of the series on air, both rate 58,9% female share.
When the second season of the scripted series YOUNG AND PROMISING (UNGE LOVENDE) from Monster became available online on NRKs own webplayer, it immediately climbed to the top of the most watched list. The first episode was watched by 197.500 viewers over the weekend online, and the last episode by 84.400. The series got 5 out of 6 stars by the reviewers, and is currently also aired on linear TV.
January is also a time for awards. In Finland Moskito was nominated for 3 awards at the annual TV Award Show, Kultainen Venla. The homegrown series COOKING CANDIDATES (SUKULAN SUOJATIT) was named the Best Lifestyle Series 2016.
In Denmark ROBINSON EKSPEDITIONEN (SURVIVOR) produced by Strong Productions, was named the Best Competition Reality Format in the annual TV award this weekend – winning for the third year in a row.