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ZDF once again most-watched German TV Broadcaster of the year

Mainz, 14th January 2015

With a market share of 13.3 % in 2014, ZDF is again the most watched TV broadcaster in Germany for the third time in a row. Furthermore, the network grew by 0.5 percentage points in the intensely competitive German market environment compared to 2013 (ARD: 12.5 %, RTL: 10.3 %). With 15.2 %, ZDF also takes first place in prime time from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (ARD: 14.5 %, RTL: 10.7 %). In total, with its entire program family and affiliate channels, including ZDF Neo and Kika, ZDF reaches 17.9 % of the total German audience and is as strong as it was last in 1993.

The success of ZDF programming is due to a large part to the fictional offerings. The crime series on Saturday night prime time achieve an average market share of over 20 % with an audience of up to 6 million; the movies of the week grab an average of 23 %, with top values of more than 7.7 million viewers. New series such as “Helen Dorn” reach a market share of 25.3 % with 8.1 million viewers right from the start, and the latest “family-medical” series “Dr. Klein” also has impressive results, with market shares of about 16 % and about  4 million viewers.

The documentary programs on ZDF’s prime time also obtain new top scores, with market shares of more than 24 % and audience figures above 7 million. The renowned weekly documentary series “Terra X” maintains its high market share with top ratings of 17.4 % and over 5.5 million viewers.

Alexander Coridass, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises: “We are pleased by the striking success of our shareholder ZDF and are proud to be able to offer our clients and business partners the productions that have led to the market leadership in our catalogue.”


About ZDF Enterprises:
ZDF Enterprises was founded in the year 1993 as a 100 % private subsidiary of ZDF, one of the biggest and most renowned television broadcasters in Europe. On behalf of ZDF, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for worldwide program sales, the implementation of international coproductions, license purchasing for quality programs, marketing online rights and the merchandising of strong ZDF program brands. In addition to its commercial activities for ZDF, ZDF Enterprises has also been able to establish itself successfully as an independent market player in both national and international environments. As part of a powerful Group, the company has at its disposal the largest German-language program collection in the world, consisting of series and mini-series, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. During the course of the process of development and diversification to date, it has been possible to incorporate a large number of business activities within the television and media industry within the ZDF Enterprises Group. Consequently, today ZDF Enterprises can offer a comprehensive, full-service offer that covers every step in the process of creation and utilisation of successful TV productions, from material development in all genres to production and then on to the marketing of television licenses, merchandising, online rights and much more. A decisive factor in this successful development has been our team of highly-motivated, experienced and committed staff, who strive with dedication and enthusiasm to ensure that our commercial activities lead to a positive result for all partners involved.

Contact ZDF Enterprises:
Christine Denilauler (Bereichsleiterin Marketing und Unternehmenskommunikation), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, Fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail:,


Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany


Dr. Klein
Helen Dorn
Terra X