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Europe imports $6bn of TV drama

May 30, 2012

The value of imported drama series for European broadcasters was $5.99 billion in 2011, with the top 200 titles supplying 81 per cent ($4,829 million) of that total. The Imported Drama Series in Europe report estimated that the top 10 titles accounted for 23 per cent ($1,400 million) of the 2011 total value, with the top 50 taking 55 per cent ($3,268 million).

Michael Cluff, co-author and Director at Madigan Cluff, said: “CBS distributed the top three titles in 2011, with NCIS leading the pack by generating $210 million. The three CSI franchises appear in the top 10. Only one of the top 10 titles (Sturm der Liebe) originated from outside the US.”

Top 10 Imported Drama Series by value created in 2011

2. CSI: Miami
3. CSI: Crime scene investigation
4. House M.D.
5. The Mentalist,
6. Criminal Minds
7. CSI: NY
8. Sturm der Liebe
9. Two and a Half Men
10. Bones

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