Thursday, March 27, 2008

ProSieben Orders Second Season of Uri Geller Format

ProSieben Orders Second Season of Uri Geller Format

MUNICH, February 27: The season finale of The Successor—The Next Uri Geller on ProSieben last night outperformed the average rating for its competitive time slot by 80 percent, and a second season has been ordered for next year.

Up against CSI: Miami and House, the episode scored an 18.1-percent share in the 14-to-49 demographic, according to ProSiebenSat.1 Media, above the 11.7 percent 2007 channel average for this demo. In 14 to 29, meanwhile, it scored a 29.8-percent share. With up to 4.8 million viewers watching the first season, The Next Uri Geller was the highest-rated show premiere for ProSieben over the last year and a half.

The show, marketed worldwide by SevenOne International, is also faring well on the Dutch channel SBS 6, where the local version is scoring an average 22.8-percent share. NBC aired a version last year and the show has also been picked up by CTV in Canada and Nine Network in Australia. It will launch on the Hungarian channel TV2 later this spring.

“This show is a real attention-grabber because Uri Geller succeeds in intriguing people,” says Jens Richter, the managing director of SevenOne International.With the latest successes in Germany and The Netherlands, we are eager to see Uri capture further international audiences as well.”

—By Mansha Daswani


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