MIDNIGHT SUN beats THE BRIDGE in ratings

The Swedish/French crime series Midnight Sun has premiered to stronger numbers than the popular Nordic Noir series The Bridge.

On Sunday’s premiere the show had 1.391 million viewers and a 38.1% market share.

To compare to The Bridge, the first episode had 1.03 million viewers and a share of 29% for its first episode. The second season premiered to 1.287 million viewers.

Midnight Sun was also the number 2 trending topic on Twitter during Sunday night and online viewers are set to surpass 200,000 people.

The television series follows the brutal murder of a French citizen in Kiruna, located in far-north Sweden. French homicide investigator Kahina Zadi travels to the region and works alongside Sami Rutger Burlin as they try to solve the case, which soon takes on staggering proportions.

Co-written/directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein, the series was backed by rave reviews in the Swedish media, with 5 stars (out of 5) in Aftonbladet, Göteborgsposten and 4 stars (out of 5) in Dagens Nyheter.

The rest of Scandinavian will receive the series in due time (Iceland on the 5th of December and early 2017 for the others), and France will receive the series later this year.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.