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Germany's Offbeat New Year's TV Tradition Is a Ratings Hit

2 January 2017 5:05 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

An 11-minute black-and-white comedy sketch from 1963 continues to dominate German TV viewing on New Year's Eve, with ratings hitting a new high as the country rang in 2017.

More than 17 million Germans tuned in Dec. 31, 2016, to watch Dinner for One, a new ratings record for what has become an enduring, if inexplicable, TV tradition in the country.

The comedy skit stars the late, now-forgotten British music hall regular Freddie Frinton as James, a devoted butler to Miss Sophie (May Warden), an old aristocrat. Miss Sophie is celebrating her 90th birthday with her four closest friends. Sadly, »

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