City of Friends reaches almost 3m UK viewers

Pre-school TV show celebrates its first UK birthday; licensing programme on the way.
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City of Friends has reached almost 3 million viewers in the UK since first airing one year ago.

The kids' pre-school TV show is celebrating its first birthday in the UK after launching on Channel 5's Milkshake in October 2011.

And the animated show, from Norwegian kids' entertainment production company CreaCon Group, will launch its own UK licensing programme in 2013 'to support the show's phenomenal popularity'.

The show - targeting kids aged four to nine - has averaged an 11.8 per cent share among this audience. It's ranked the second most popular kids' series on Channel 5's video-on-demand platforms.

City of Friends has been sold to more than 180 countries worldwide. It's based on the adventures of real-life Norway state police officer Carl Christian Hamre, who established CreaCon Group as CEO.

Hamre said: “We are thrilled that City of Friends is celebrating its first birthday in the UK with such strong growth in such a key market. We are looking forward to building on this with the launch of our UK licensing programme in 2013 to support the show’s phenomenal popularity.”

Jessica Symons, Head of Children's at Channel 5, added: “We're delighted that City of Friends has been such a big success with the Milkshake audience on Channel 5 and the Channel 5 video-on-demand platforms.”

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