On Sunday 663,000 viewers watched the first episode of TV2’s new drama Occupied (Okkupert), which gave TV 2 a 53.4% share of viewers aged 20-49. This is a new record for a drama premiere on TV2, narrowly beating Acquitted (Frikjent) which had 660,000 viewers when it premiered in March of this year.
In a statement, Head of Drama Christopher Haug said: “Waking up to such figures makes a drama boss question if he’s really awake or not. This feels like a dream and I’m so glad that the Norwegian people remained awake and ended the week with a breathtaking suspense drama on TV 2 last night.”
“Today I want to give a big thanks to Yellow Bird, the director, writers, actors and the entire crew for having delivered a fabulous series that the Norwegian TV viewers clearly welcome. For a small drama department it is a pleasure to feel that everyone’s eyes were on us, and we are looking forward to showing the rest of the series,” Haug added.
TV2’s Communications Manager Jan-Petter Dahl expects that viewing figures for Occupied will increase over the coming days, just as they did for Acquitted (Frikjent). The ratings for Acquitted increased sharply after the premiere, so once repeats and on demand had been included, it drew almost a million viewers for the first episode.