Borgia hits record ratings in France and Italy
Pascale Paoli-Lebailly ©RapidTVNews | 13-10-2011
New French-German TV series Borgia, about the notorious Renaissance-era papal clan, has broken ratings records in France and Italy.
Created by US show-runner Tom Fontana, the six episodes series premiered on Monday night on French Canal+ and swiftly set the best viewer ratings ever.
The pay-TV channel announced the first-two episodes were watched by 1.7 million viewers, representing 26% of Canal+ subscribers. On Italy’s pay-TV channel Sky Cinema, Borgia “was the best running series of the year “, distributor Beta Film claimed in a release.
Coproduced by Atlantique Productions (Lagardère Entertainment), Eos Entertainment (Jan Mojto) and Etic Films, the series is being launched by ZDF in Germany. It will be followed by the premieres in Spain, the U.S., Israel, Latin America, Japan and Russia. It has already been sold to more than 40 countries to date.
A US competitive series was also successfully broadcast on Showtime last Spring. Starring Jeremy Irons. It has been commissioned for a second season. French Canal+ will also run the show.