'24' switching nets in Germany


COLOGNE, Germany -- Leading German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has acquired the rights for Season 6 of Fox Television real-time drama series "24," replacing competitor RTL 2, which aired the first five seasons of the show in Germany to middling ratings.

The sixth season of "24" will air on the Munich-based Pro7 network, home to such U.S. shows as "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey's Anatomy," where it is believe ProSieben hopes to attract a stronger male demographic.

RTL 2 has had only middling success with "24." The channel has tried several programming strategies to accommodate the show's unusual countdown timeline -- including airing back-to-back episodes several times a week to keep viewers from losing the plot.

The first season of "24" ran in primetime on RTL 2 but poor ratings forced the channel to keep pushing the show later in the schedule. The fifth season of "24" currently airs in a midnight slot.

Pro7 confirmed Monday that "24" will be part of its new schedule but declined comment on when the show would air.