France Loves 'The Voice,' Plus Which Other Reality Shows Are Hot Overseas
The biggest shows in eight regions around the world.
This story first appeared in the April 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
While global players search for their own next big things, a mix of U.S. and international formats continue to surge in regions from the U.K. to Israel, including American Idol and The Voice. "I've never seen so many new commissions as I did last year," says Rob Clark, director of global entertainment at FremantleMedia. Here are the biggest shows — homegrown and custom versions of hot formats — hitting the mark in eight regions.
U.K. ➻ Baked goods and ballrooms rule British TV. More than 12 million viewers saw the finale of The Great British Bake Off, while Strictly Come Dancing drew 11.4 million. Meanwhile, The X Factor "only" had 9.2 million viewers for last season's finale, its lowest in 10 years.
NETHERLANDS ➻ Homegrown formats The Voice and The Voice Kids rule Holland TV. FremantleMedia's Everybody Dance Now is surging with a 44 percent share on RTL 4.
CHINA ➻ Korean formats dominate this massive market, led by I Am a Singer (professional singers compete) on Hunan TV and game show Running Man (Survivor meets The Amazing Race) on Zhejiang TV.
FRANCE ➻ The Voice hit ratings high notes, with season four scoring about a 45 percent market share and 7.4 million viewers a show. Close behind are local versions of Survivor, MasterChef and Idol.
GERMANY ➻ D-list celeb survival show I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! topped the ratings with 7.4 million viewers on RTL, compared with 4.7 million for German Idol and more than 3 million for its Voice.
CANADA ➻ U.S. and local versions of The Amazing Race top ratings in English-speaking Canada, while French speakers crave The Voice of Quebec, which drew a 65 percent share in season three.
ISRAEL ➻ Regulators have decreed that its Channel 2 must restrict its "too-dominant" unscripted output to four new episodes a week. Veteran imports MasterChef, The X Factor and The Amazing Race now beat Israel's own Rising Star.
INDIA ➻ Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? still is No. 1, followed by similarly pedigreed Big Brother and Strictly Come Dancing.
LATIN AMERICA ➻ Mexico's versions of The Voice and Got Talent are hits, while Dancing With the Stars rules Argentina, Big Brother is tops in Brazil and Chile is hot for MasterChef, which arrived this year.