'Transporter' Loses German Ratings Battle to 'The Voice'

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"Transporter's" producers spent only four weeks shooting in Paris, Berlin and Nice before moving to Toronto. The credits and subsidies are substantial there, but so too are the logistics and camera units needed to pull off a convincing action series. Clearly, more time was needed to work out the kinks.

Some 1.3 million more German viewers tune in for the premiere of the second season of “The Voice,” than watched the second episode of “Transporter.”

COLOGNE, Germany – The Voice has won the first round in the biggest ratings battle on German TV this Fall as the start of the singing competition format easily beat new action series Transporter for top spot.

Some 4.69 million viewers tuned in for the start of the second season of The Voice on commercial channel Pro7 Thursday night, a 15.5 percent market share and some 800,000 more than watched the first season debut last year. The kick off also beat the figures for the first season finale by some 600,000 viewers. In the key 14-49 demographic, The Voice took an impressive 28.5 percent market share, 5 percent more than last year's season debut.

Transporter, the action series starring Chris Vance based on the Luc Besson film franchise, topped the German ratings on its worldwide debut last week.

But head-to-head with The Voice, Transporter went to the ropes. Just 3.36 million viewers tuned into German network RTL for the second Transporter episode, 600,000 fewer than watched the series start. Only 13.1 percent of 14-49 year-olds turned in, a four percent drop and below RTL's primetime average.