Perhaps Germany appreciates Liz Lemon after all

It’s no secret that EW loves 30 Rock and has, quite literally, since Day 1. Which is why we were so surprised by reports earlier this week saying the NBC comedy earned a zero rating (less than 5,000 viewers) in its German debut on Sunday night. So surprised, in fact, the current issue of Entertainment Weekly mentions it on the Bullseye page, where we say the low rating is “another lapse in judgment on Germany’s part.”

Well, turns out that zero rating may have made a helluva headline, but it wasn’t quite fair. You see, yes, it did earn a zero when it debuted on Deutschland’s ZDFNeo digital network last Sunday — BUT (big “but” here), that ignores the fact that 30 Rock was already airing on Germany’s TNT. It stands to reason people watching on one network wouldn’t head over to a different channel for an episode they already saw. What’s more, looks like some 30,000 viewers tuned in to channel ZDFneo Wednesday night to watch the second episode (quite possibly because of all the hubbub over that nasty, headline-grabbing zero rating during the first episode).

So, in short, we want to apologize to our dear 30 Rock for ever doubting its cross-border appeal. If they have TV in space, aliens are no doubt laughing at Jack Donaghy. But more importantly, we want to apologize to Germany for doubting that the folks who gave us Stromberg, a German version of The Office, were anything other than a humorous, judicious people.

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  • nt

    in additional defense of german viewers (me being german and all) the first season of 30 rock is already available on dvd here since may, so why watch episodes on tv that one could have at home. even more importent, neither tnt nor zdfneo have a very wide range, zdfneo is really new, just being on air since sunday, so its not as if we all ignored 30rock on a major channel, most people ignored it on channels they didnt even know existed in the first place. plus, sitcoms dont do that well here in generel after 9pm, only a few of them air at 8pm at all, shows like how i met your mother and the bid bang theory air on saturday afternoons, so i guess 30 rock never had a chance in the first place.

    • st

      i have to agree!!! in the defense of germans… i’m also one of them. i don’t think germans would ignore 30rock at all, but they just had no real chance of seeing the show. never heard or seen zdfneo and tnt! tnt? how many people are able to get that… i’m sure it’s not that many. i love 30rock and i think if it would air on a major network a lot of people would love it too!

  • Nat

    I’m not so sure 30 Rock translates quite well. I’m British and I love it, but it’s had a very difficult breakthrough over here.

    • Nat

      Oh, by translates, I meant figuratively, not literally. Because, y’know, we speak English.

      • Nigella

        I guess it’s understandable much the Office US/UK debate… the humor doesn’t “translate” (if I may borrow your term) as there are many inferences/references that one might not understand unless you live where the program takes place….

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