Dutch ratings record for 'De Vries'


AMSTERDAM -- A record seven million viewers, representing an 80% audience market share, watched Dutch crime show "Peter R. De Vries, misdaadverslaggever" over the weekend.

The program dealt with the real-life case of the 20005 disappearance of U.S. student Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

The result is the highest-ever viewership for a non-sports event in the Netherlands since commercial television was introduced in Holland in 1989.

Observers estimate that broadcaster SBS6 earned some 1.4 million euros ($2.1 million) in advertising revenue during the program.

Presenter De Vries used a hidden camera to tape an interview with the main suspect, 20-year-old Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, who confessed that he dumped the body of the girl in the ocean after he made love to her on the beach.

The Dutch crime-reporter has been invited to talk about this case on several U.S. shows, including Larry King and Oprah Winfrey.