RTL Klub

RTL Klub
TypeGeneral Interest
Country Hungary
Availability   National; also available in  Slovakia,  Romania, and other neighbouring countries
OwnerRTL Group
Key peopleDirk Gergens, CEO
Dr. Péter Kolosi, Programming Director
Launch dateOctober 6, 1997
Websitehttp://www.rtlklub.hu


RTL Klub is a television station (M-RTL Zrt.) owned by RTL Group and broadcast in Hungary. It was one of Hungary's first commercial TV channels and was only two days after the main rival TV2 to begin broadcasting.

About RTL Klub

Since its start RTL KLUB focuses to gain viewers from the urban population. The channel airs programs mostly for younger (18-49) people.

RTL and TV2 aired two similar major reality series simultaneously. While TV2 purchased the rights of Big Brother RTL KLUB produced its own series called Való Világ. (Real World). Való Világ was on for 3 seasons. Since its second season the show was much more successful than the rival Big Brother.

RTL is the most watched TV channel in Hungary thanks to the daily Hungarian soap opera 'Barátok közt' (Between Friends), which is the most watched TV programme in Hungary with more than 2 million viewers; the magazine show 'Fókusz' (Focus) and the game show 'Legyen Ön is milliomos' (Who wants to be a millionaire?). Millionaire is off the schedule from September 2007 after 7 years and will be replaced by Póker Arc (Poker Face).

From the fall/winter season of 2005-2006 RTL KLUB started to broadcast popular American TV Shows like Lost. The first episode of Lost had almost 2 million wiewers, and 50% Share. This was a record. Next year Prison Break started with almost 1,6 million. Nowadays a TV Show at primetime (21:00) can reach 1,0-1,5 million viewers. At season 2006/2007 Prison Break was the most watched American series in Hungary.

The rival TV channel (TV2) broadcast such shows like Desperate Housewives (beaten by Prison Break), Heroes (beaten by Bones), 4400 and Numbers without success. NCIS and House are the only shows which has solid ratings.

Shows on RTL Klub

Series name Hungarian title Timeslot Season (Fall/Spring) Premiered Current season
LostLost - EltűntekFridays 22:00FallSeptember 20053rd
Prison BreakA szökésWednesdays 21:00FallSeptember 20062nd
Criminal MindsGyilkos elmékWednesdays 22:00FallSeptember 20062nd
SupernaturalOdaátFridays 23:00FallSeptember 20062nd
Grey's AnatomyGrace klinikaTuesdays 22:00Fall and SpringJanuary 20063rd
ERVészhelyzetTuesdays 21:00Fall and Spring13th
CSI: Miami helyszínelőkFridays 21:00Spring and FallFebruary 20072nd
BonesDr. CsontWednesdays 22:00SpringMarch 20071st
The CloserA főnökWednesdays 23:00FallOctober 20062nd
Ugly BettyCímlapsztoriSundays 17:30SpringMarch 20071st
Cold CaseDöglött aktákSaturdays 15:30Fall and SpringJune 20063rd (now reruns of S1)
Rescue MeMents meg!Thursdays 23:00SpringMarch 20072nd
The ShieldKemény zsarukThursdays 23:00Fall5th
AliasAliasWednesdays 23:00Fall or SpringMarch 20033rd
The SopranosMaffiozókWednesdays 23:00Currently offFebruary 20005th
One Tree HillTuti gimiSundays 12:05Fall and SpringSeptember 20053rd (now reruns of S1)

Other Shows

  • Győzike: It is a docu-soap about a Hungarian gypsy family. The head of the family called Győzike is a pop/rap singer and he had a band but after the show started in 2005 the band broke up. He has a wife and two daughters. This is a very popular show with an average 1,5-1,8 million viewers. September they start theis 5th season. This show is very similar to the Osbournes on MTV. Broadcasted at Mondays 21:00.
  • Szombat esti láz (Saturday night fever): It is based on the BBC One programme Strictly Come Dancing. In it famous Hungarian people dance with professional dancers. This show is also very popular. The 2nd season finale had more viewers than the FIFA Football World Cup Final in Hungary. (Italy vs. France). The 3rd season starts in Spring 2008.
  • Csillag születik (A Star is born): This is the same as the American TV show America's got talent. The first season stats in Fall 2007.
  • Mónika Show: a daily tabloid talk show. Every day at 17:30.
  • Balázs Show: a daily tabloid talk show. Every day at 16:30
  • Fábry Show: it is a talk show broadcasted every second week (except summer) at Thursdays 21:00. It is like the American TV show Tonight Show. Features a starting block with the host (Sándor Fábry) cracking somewhat actualized jokes and rapidfire humorous monologues, a regular block of Design Center (ironically presenting absurd, ridiculous and/or kitsch products), a studio music session, then a talk block with various celeb guests. This is very popular. Has an average 1,5-1,8 million viewers.
  • A rettegés foka: It is a licensed version of the American Fear Factor. It had two seasons but RTL haven't decided if there will be a 3rd season or not. Broadcasted on Mondays 22:00.
  • Heti hetes (weekly seven): It is show where seven people (one host and 6 guests) talk about politics and public life.
  • Gálvölgyi Show: This is a parody show. The host János Gálvölgyi parodies TV Shows, Hungarian and International celebrities, commersionals. The show also include funny scenes with the host and other actors.
  • Szeszélyes (capricious): This is a very long running show. It first aired in the 1980-s on the Hungarian national TV (m1). But in the 2000's the show was axed. In 2006 RTL Klub renewed it with great success. The host of the show is dying of cancer.
  • Kész átverés (The cheat): This show is similar to the MTV's Punk'd where the host does pranks on Hungarian celebrities. Last season they stiffed a Hungarian presenter with the help of DJ Tiesto.
  • XXI. Század (21st Century): This is a documentary series usually deals about historical moments which happened in the 20th century. For example: both World Wars, the Communist Era, famous Hungarian and foreign actors and politicians who lived in the 20th century. Usually the records are black and white. RTL Klub buys a lot of material from the Hungarian National TV (MTV or m1).
  • Házon kívül (Outside the House): This is a political show. Each week they deal with an actual political event or social problems.

Fall Schedule

Timeslot Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
15:30L.A. HeatCold CaseDoc
16:30Balázs ShowMovieMedicopter 117
17:30Mónika ShowMissing
18:30News
19:00Martial LawFókusz PluszCobra 11
20:00Fókusz (Focus)Csillag születik
from Nov 3.
Movie
20:30Barátok közt (Between Friends)
21:15Győzike
from Oct 28.
ERPrison BreakFábry Show 2x/
Szeszélyes+Movie 1x/
Gálvölgyi Show+Kész Átverés 1x
22:15MovieGrey's AnatomyCriminal MindsLostMovieHeti Hetes
23:15XXI. SzázadThe CloserThe ShieldSupernaturalMovie

Past Shows

Series name Hungarian title Finished
Third WatchHarmadik műszakAugust 2007
The West WingAz elnök embereiJune 2007
Kingdom HospitalA félelem kórházaMarch 2007
Tru CallingTru Calling - Az őrangyal2006
Mutant XX csapat
Dawson's CreekDawson és a haverok
InvasionRejtélyek városaJuly 2006

Sister TV Channels

RTL Klub has 3 sister Channels. One of the owners of RTL Klub is "IKO Kábeltévé Kft." which also owns Cool TV, Film+ and Sport Klub. These 3 little cable channels cooperate with RTL Klub. For example these channels air reruns of RTL's shows or they change show presenters.

Cool TV

The target audience of Cool TV is 15-29 urban youths who love music, externals, clothes, trendy lifestyle and extravagance. The Channel was launched in 2004 and it is available in the 46,7% of the county in 1,7 million households. It broadcasts 24/7. It airs such shows like:
  • South Park (South Park)
  • Married with Children (Egy rém rendes család)
  • 24 (24)
  • Footballer's Wives (Futbalista feleségek)
  • The L Word (L)
  • Queer as Folk (A fiúk a klubból)
  • The Unit (Az egység)
  • Aktmodell (reality)
  • Crossing Jordan (Bostoni halottkémek)
  • reruns of RTL Klub's series and reality programmes.

Film+

It was lauched the same time as Cool TV. It airs B and C-Movies 24/7. It is very successful. It is the 2nd most watched cable TV after Viasat 3.

Sport Klub

It was launched before the FIFA Football Word Cup 2006. RTL Klub purchased the broadcasting rights of the World Cup but it didn't have enought air space to air all of the matches. That's why Sport klub was launched so anybody could see every match of the World Cup. Now Sport Klub airs various sport activities like: German football league, tennis, poker, NFL, athletics, futsal, box and others. It airs less important matches from the English and the Spanish league because its main competitors, Sport1 and Sport2 have the first pick of matches.

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Motto
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Historically Regnum Mariae Patronae Hungariae (Latin)
"Kingdom of Mary the Patroness of Hungary"
Anthem
Himnusz ("Isten, áldd meg a magyart")
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Anthem
Nad Tatrou sa blýska
"Lightning over the Tatras"


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Motto

(each main institution has its own motto)
Anthem
Deşteaptă-te, române!


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RTL Group (LuxSE:  RTL ) is Europe's largest TV, radio and production company, and is majority-owned by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann. It has 39 television and 32 radio stations in 10[1] countries.
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Motto
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Historically Regnum Mariae Patronae Hungariae (Latin)
"Kingdom of Mary the Patroness of Hungary"
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Himnusz ("Isten, áldd meg a magyart")
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