'Millions' mini draws maxi Germans


COLOGNE, Germany -- German viewers again showed an insatiable appetite for epic, historically flavored miniseries, as more than 11 million tuned in to "March of Millions," the ARD two-parter set amid the mass migration of East Prussian refugees during World War II.

The two-part miniseries drew 11.2 million viewers for a 29.5% share in its first installment Monday, while 10.2 million stayed on for the concluding half Tuesday, a 29% share of the total audience.

French-German pubcaster ARTE premiered "March of Millions" on Friday, drawing 2.6 million viewers in Germany, ARTE's best-ever rating in the territory.

"March of Millions" is the latest success from German production house teamWorx and production/financing group EOS, which broke ratings records last year with the historically-themed minis "Dresden -- The Inferno," about the allied bombing of Dresden in 1945, and "Stormtide!," about the catastrophic 1962 flood of Hamburg.

Directed by German TV veteran Kai Wessel and starring Maria Furtwaengler, Jean-Yves Berteloot and Tonio Arango, "March of Millions" was produced together with ARD Degeto.