The Spanish TV channel Antena 3 had a very fruitful 2018, it was a strong year for series. With numerous productions that scored national and international successes, Atresmedia’s main channel was able to further expand its position in the fiction genre.
La Catedral del Mar and Cuerpo de Élite were the most-watched Spanish TV series in the fiction genre. In addition, La Casa de Papel, and La Catedral del Mar won prominent awards. Antena 3 had the two most-watched Spanish series of the year as well as the most successful series sales abroad.
Cuerpo de Élite, Fariña
Last year, Antena 3 boasted half of the productions in the Top Ten most-watched Spanish series in the country. With an average of around 3.1 million viewers, the history drama La Catedral del Mar took the top spot among the ten most-watched Spanish series in the country, closely followed by the comedy series Cuerpo de Élite with around 3 million viewers on average. Fariña ranked fourth among the Top Ten; the series about drug trafficking in Galicia in Spain during the 1980s attracted an average of around 2.9 million viewers.
The daily series Allí Abajo made it to seventh place with around 2.5 million viewers on average, ahead of the thriller series Presunto Culpable, which managed to secure eighth place with an average of around 2.2 million viewers.
Their success was also reflected in numerous national and international awards. La Casa de Papel leads the field as the first and so far, only Spanish series to win an International Emmy Award in November as well as a Golden Nymph at the 52nd Festival de Télévision in Monte Carlo.
Matadero, La Catedral del Mar © Javier de Agustin Aldeguer (right)
Fariña pocketed the most awards for a Spanish series in 2018, including a Premio Ondas, four Premios Iris, three awards at the Vitoria TV Festival, and two awards at the MiM Series Festival. La Catedral del Mar was honored as ‘Best Production’ at the Premios Iris; the series also received a Premio Liber for ‘Best Book Adaptation’.
Following the success of the past year, Antena 3 is continuing the production of high-quality TV series this year. This week, the new original series Matadero was launched. The thriller series with a good dose of dark humor consists of ten episodes. The premise of the show is a slaughter house in a small Castilian town which not only exports cheap pork but also drugs. The cast includes Pepe Viyuela, Lucía Quintana, Carmen Ruíz, Tito Valverde, Ginés García Millán, and Antonio Garrido.