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10 TV Shows That Have Gained a Global Audience


Since 2008, "House" has been top U.S. TV export in Europe. The show made its debut in 2004 on Fox. The storyline centers on Dr. Gregory House, played by Hugh Laurie, an off-the-wall physician who clashes with his colleagues at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.

So far, NBC Universal has licensed the show to 250 territories around the world. In France, the show averaged 9.3 million viewers during the 2009 season, up 30 percent from 2008. The Italians think House is bellissimo, with 4.7 million viewers. On average, 4.2 million Germans watch each episode. The show is also popular in Poland and the Netherlands [source: Adler].

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