The Good Wife, NCIS: Los Angeles and Extant have firmly established themselves as ratings hits here in the UK.
The Julianna Margulies fronted The Good Wife has long been a prestige title and a strong ratings player for UK broadcaster Channel 4, who air the critically acclaimed series on their upmarket More4 channel. This season the series ranks as the channel’s number one series, with the most recent episode drawing a consolidated audience of 566K viewers – more than double the slot-average.
NCIS spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles, which is widely expected to be renewed for a seventh season in the coming weeks, also continues to draw big numbers to Sky1. The LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell fronted series is enjoying its highest ever rated season on Sky’s general entertainment channel, with episodes frequently drawing a consolidated audience of more than 700K viewers.
Extant, meanwhile, is in a unique position, after CBS Studios International lined up two UK deals for the sci-fi series starring Halle Berry and Michael O’Neill.
After initially being picked up by Amazon Prime Instant Video UK, it went on to rank as the streaming service’s number one series launch in July 2014. Syfy UK subsequently acquired the show and launched it this January, with the 13 episode first season ranking as one of the channel’s highest rated shows for 2015.
International distributor CBS Studios International is celebrating the ratings success of the three series as well as a wealth of their other programmes, several of which rank as the number one shows with their respective UK broadcasters. Other strong performing shows in the UK include Elementary on Sky Living, Scorpion on ITV2, NCIS on Fox, Blue Bloods on Sky Atlantic and Hawaii Five-0 on Sky1.
“Demand in the U.K. for quality television programming has never been higher,” said Stephen Tague, CBS Studios International’s Senior Vice President, Europe. “We are proud that CBS content has been successful across so many channels in this very important territory.”
CBS Studios International’s announcement of the strong ratings performance of their shows comes just ahead of the launches of Jane The Virgin and The Affair in the UK. The CW’s hour-long comedy Jane The Virgin will premiere on E4 on Wednesday April 22nd; while Sky Atlantic recently acquired both seasons of The Affair, though they have not yet set a launch date.
The strong ratings performance of CBS Studios International’s crop of shows will no doubt be something of a selling point for the studio at the upcoming LA Screenings, where they will be shopping a range of titles from the upcoming 2015-2016 season. “We would like to thank British broadcasters for their support and look forward to sharing with them over the coming weeks our new slate of hit content for 2015/16”, added Tague.