Ratings Up for German ‘Borgia’ Finale

Jiri Hanzl

The final episode of the Tom Fontana-created period series draws 4.7 million viewers on German pubweb ZDF.

COLOGNE, Germany – Borgia, the papal period drama created by Tom Fontana (Oz) and starring The Wire’s John Dorman closed its first run on German TV with a strong, if not outstanding, final night on pubweb ZDF. Some 4.73 million German viewers tuned in for the last episode of Borgia’s first series, a 14.8 percent share. That’s about 200,000 more than watched the show’s penultimate episode but still nearly 1.5 million less than tuned in for the series premiere.

Borgia’s strong bow in Germany made ZDF’s second season greenlight seem inevitable. While no longer a slam dunk, a renewal is still likely, given the show’s strong performance for its other major European broadcast backers CanalPlus and Sky Italia. Netflix has rights to the series in North America.