The Turkish TV series “Binbir Gece” (A Thousand and One Nights) and “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (Magnificent Century), have been breaking local ratings records since the beginning of their broadcast in Chile.
This has attracted the attention of the Chilean media, which has noted that Chileans watch more Turkish TV series than series produced in Chile. According to a report published by Agence France-Press (AFP), “Muhteşem Yüzyıl,” which Mega, one of the most watched stations in Chile, began broadcasting last week, caused a great increase in the interest shown in Turkish TV series in the country.
The report also noted that thanks to the high ratings “Binbir Gece” — the first Turkish series to be broadcast to Chilean homes — attracted, Mega was the only TV station in the country on track to make a profit this year.
Following the success of the Turkish TV series, many TV stations in Latin America, including Argentina and Brazil, bought numerous TV series from Turkey to broadcast in the new year.
“Muhteşem Yüzyıl” became an issue of debate in Turkey after then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan severely criticized the show for mistakes regarding the history of the Ottoman Empire.
According to Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) President Mehmet Büyükekşi, Turkey comes second in the world in the exportation of local TV series, beat only by the United States. He pointed out that Turkey aims to increase the value of its exported cultural products to $2 billion by 2013.
Büyükekşi also stated that the cinema industry follows the pharmaceutical and arms industries in importance, as its value reached $88 billion in 2013. “This amount is expected to rise to $100 billion in 2017 and $110 billion in 2018,” the president said.