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RTL Klub

RTL Klub
Type General interest
Country Hungary
Availability National; also available in Slovakia, Romania, and other neighbouring countries
Headquarters Budapest, Hungary
Owner RTL Group
Parent Bertelsmann
Key people
Dirk Gerkens, CEO
Dr. Péter Kolosi, Programming Director
Launch date
October 7, 1997
Picture format
1080i (HD)
576i (SD)
Official website

RTL Klub is a television station (M-RTL Zrt.) owned by RTL Group and broadcast in Hungary. It was one of Hungary's first commercial TV channels and was only three days after the main rival TV2 to begin broadcasting.


  • About RTL Klub 1
  • Current Shows 2
  • Other formats 3
  • Past shows 4
  • Previous formats 5
  • Sister TV channels 6
    • Cool TV 6.1
    • Film+ 6.2
    • Film+2 6.3
    • Sport Klub 6.4
    • RTL II 6.5
    • RTL+ 6.6
    • Sorozat+ 6.7
    • Muzsika TV 6.8
  • References 7
  • External links 8

About RTL Klub

Since its start, RTL Klub has focused to gain viewers from the urban population. The channel airs programs mostly for a younger (18–49) audience.

RTL and TV2 aired two similar major reality series simultaneously. While TV2 purchased the rights of Big Brother, RTL Klub produced its own series called Való Világ (Real World). Való Világ had three seasons between 2002 and 2004. Since its second season the show has been much more successful than the rival Big Brother.

RTL is the most watched TV channel in Hungary since 2002, thanks to the daily Hungarian soap opera Barátok közt (Among Friends), which is the most watched TV programme in Hungary with more than 2 million viewers; the tabloid magazine Fókusz (Focus) and the game show Legyen Ön is milliomos (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?). Millionaire is off the schedule from September 2007 after seven years and has replaced by A Széf (Take It Or Leave It).

From the fall-winter season of 2005–2006, RTL Klub has started to broadcast popular American TV shows like Lost. The first episode of Lost had almost 2 million viewers, and a 50% share. This was a record. The next year Prison Break started with almost 1.6 million. Nowadays a TV show at prime time (21:00) can reach 1–1.5 million viewers. In season 2006–2007 Prison Break was the most watched American series in Hungary.

From the fall season of 2007, RTL Klub has launched two new formats with great success. Poker Face ran like a tournament for six weeks with an average 38–42% share. The other new show was Csillag születik, the Hungarian version of the RTL Got Talent format. Poker Face ended with the super final at 18 December and the time slot of it will be occupied by the new game show A Széf (Take It or Leave it).

RTL Klub was the only licensed broadcaster of Formula One in Hungary from 2001 until 2011. After 10 years RTL decided not to renew the licence for Formula 1. The reason was that they wanted to concentrate mainly for the prime time programs because of the shrinking advertising market.[1]

The RTL Klub has been the only licensed broadcaster of Domino Day in Hungary, for 6 years (2004–2009).

From 2010, RTL Klub started with 2 winning formats. First of all the channel after 6 years absence successfully relaunched the Való Világ franchise. VV4 ran with a 40% SHR among 18-49 demographic.[2] Secondly they purchased the rights of television talent show The X Factor. The show ran with a 50% SHR[3] among 18-49 demographic which is really high on the Hungarian television market. The Factor crashed the competitor talent show on TV2 so "Megasztár" left the time slot of The X Factor after a few episodes. Because of the success of both format, RTL Klub renewed both show for the 5th and 2nd season respectively. They started in the fall season of 2011.

Current Shows

Series name Hungarian title Current season/Last aired season
Arrow A zöld íjász 2nd
Bones Dr. Csont 9th
Breaking Bad Totál szívás 3rd
Castle Castle 5th
Cobra 11 Cobra 11 18th
Criminal Minds Gyilkos elmék 8th
CSI CSI: A helyszínelők 8th
CSI: Miami CSI: Miami helyszínelők 10th
CSI: NY CSI: New York-i helyszínelők 2nd
Dallas Dallas 1st
Damages A hatalom hálójában 3rd
Fringe A rejtély 3rd
Gossip Girl Gossip Girl - A pletykafészek 2nd
Grey's Anatomy Grace klinika 8th
Muhteşem Yüzyıl Szulejmán 3rd
One Tree Hill Tuti gimi 8th
Primeval Őslények kalandorai 3rd
Revolution Revolution 1st
Sons of Anarchy Kemény motorosok 3rd
Supernatural Odaát 6th
The Closer A főnök 6th
The Following Gyilkos hajsza 1st
The Glades Glades - Tengerparti gyilkosságok 3rd
The Mentalist A mentalista 6th
The Tudors Tudorok 3rd
The Vampire Diaries Vámpírnaplók 2nd
True Justice Igazságosztók 1st

Other formats

  • Barátok közt (Among Friends): the most watched domestically produced television soap of Hungary. The show started in the fall of 1998, one year after the foundation of RTL Klub. The show remarkably resembles BBC soap-drama, EastEnders. Initially, it didn't have the expected ratings, however, bound by the contract, RTL Klub had to keep the show running. Since 2000, the third season, the show has been rarely beaten in ratings in its own timeslot. Today, the average rating of the show is about 2 million viewers, and it's a solid foundation of viewers the channel occasionally builds on. Each episode of the series is 10 minutes long, and every weekday two episodes are aired. In between the two episodes, there is a news session as well as the highest value commercial block in Hungarian television.
  • X-Faktor: the licensed version of the talent show The X Factor. The first season started in the fall season of 2010. Because of the great success the 2nd season started one year later. Season 3 started in fall 2012. Season 4 started 1 year later with 3 new judges and 2 new hosts.
  • Való Világ (Real World): the show is similar to the reality show Big Brother although there are some major differences between the two formats. VV first started on RTL Klub in 2002. At the same time the rival TV channel (TV2) purchased the rights of the successful Big Brother format. The 1st seasons of the 2 shows had similar ratings but BB was slightly ahead. Since the 2nd season VV crashed the rival format so BB moved to the late night time slot and died quietly. The 2nd season of VV was followed with a 3rd one which had great ratings again. (There was no BB3.) After the 3rd season of VV ended RTL Klub had the format rested for 6 years. In 2010 they relaunched the format with some changes. VV4 was followed by VV5 in 2011. VV6 started in Winter 2014 on RTL II and the channel continues it with a 7th season in Autumn. RTL Klub sold the format of VV to Czech Republic and Slovakia where the show was called Vyvolení. The Czech VV had 3 seasons while the Slovak had 2. In both countries VyVolení (the chosen one) won the time slot against Big Brother.
  • Csillag Születik (A Star Borns): the Hungarian licensed version of Britain's Got Talent. Four seasons have been aired in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012 respectively.
  • Fókusz (Focus) is a daily report magazine. It is on the air since the foundation of RTL Klub. (1997)
  • Showder Klub is a stand-up comedy show, spin-off of former show of Sándor Fábry called Esti Showder. His programme goes nowadays on M1.
  • Házon kívül (Outside the House): a political show, which deals with two or three current political events or social problems every week.
  • A Széf: A licensed version of Take it or Leave it. It began airing during the 2007 fall season.
  • XXI. Század (21st Century): a documentary series which usually deals with historical moments which happened in the 20th century. Recordings presented in the show usually originate from the communist era and therefore are black and white. RTL Klub purchases most of the presented material from Hungarian national television (MTV or m1).
  • Egy perc és nyersz: (Minute to Win It): It is the licensed version of the American game show Minute to Win It.
  • A gyanú árnyékában (Cases of Doubts): It is a scripted docu-reality series started to air at the spring season of 2012. The series follows a documentary style. Every episodes deals with a family in some kind of trouble. The stories are based on real events. The characters are played by amateur actors. The second season started in the fall of 2012.
  • A kód (The Code) is the licensed version of the British game show The Exit List by Balázs Sebestyén. It had aired at the fall season of 2012 every weekday.
  • Házasodna a gazda: is the scripted reality series based on the format Farmer wants a wife. The first season aired during the fall season of 2012.
  • Éjjel-nappal Budapest (Budapest - Night & Day): is a scripted reality series, licensed from German RTL II show Berlin Tag & Nacht. Airs every weekday at 19.50 since February 2013.

Past shows

Series name Hungarian title Comment
Alias Alias
Big Shots Nagyágyúk
Burn Notice Minden lében négy kanál moved to RTL2 after 1st season
Chuck Chuck moved to Cool TV after the 1st season
Cold Case Döglött akták
Day Break Időbe zárva
Dirty Sexy Money Édes, drága titkaink
Doctor Who Ki, vagy, doki?
Dollhouse Dollhouse - A felejtés ára
ER Vészhelyzet
E-Ring Titkos Küldetés
Ezel Ezel
Glee Glee – Sztárok leszünk! cancelled after first season
Human Target Tökéletes célpont
Invasion Rejtélyek városa
Jo Jo, a profi
Joan of Arcadia Isteni sugallat
Journeyman Az utazó
Kingdom Hospital A félelem kórháza
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Kung-fu
Legend of the Seeker A hős legendája
Lie to Me Hazudj ha tudsz
Lost Lost – Eltűntek last season was not aired
Martial Law A harc törvénye
Missing Eltűntnek nyilvánítva
Point Pleasant Titkok Városa
Prison Break A szökés
Private Practice Doktor Addison only the first 2 seasons were aired
Rescue Me Ments meg!
Rome Róma
Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Terminátor: Sarah Connor krónikái moved to Cool TV after 1st season
The Big Bang Theory Agymenők only the first 2 seasons were aired
The Finder Csont nélkül
The Nine Kilenc túsz
The Shield Kemény zsaruk
The Unit Az egység
The Sopranos Maffiózók
Transporter: The Series A szállító
Third Watch Harmadik műszak
Traveler Traveler - Az utolsó vakáció
Tru Calling Tru Calling – Az őrangyal
Ugly Betty Címlapsztori cancelled after 1st season

Previous formats

  • Heti Hetes ("The Weekly Seven"): a show where seven known Hungarian comedians (one host and 6 guests) talk about current news, politics and public life. The show was on air from the early years of RTL Klub and the 500th episode was the last to air there. The show moved in 2012's fall to the sister channel RTL II.
  • Legyen Ön is Milliomos: The licensed version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The series lasted nine seasons, hosted by Hungary's esteemed quiz host, István Vágó, but it was not going to be renewed after the licensor changed to RTL's major game show format. In September 2009, the show adopted a slightly different format; the host was changed to comedian Sándor Fábry, and the players are always a pair of celebrities. It is aired once a month but this format was not successful so the show was cancelled again. In March 2012 the show was rebooted again and returned with a new host, Sándor Friderikusz. It was aired once per week. The show moved in 2012's fall to the sister channel RTL II.
  • Gálvölgyi Show: a parody show hosted by János Gálvölgyi, featuring short sketches which are parodies of TV shows, Hungarian and international celebrities, and commercials. The show also has several regular sketches, such as a conversation between two working-out rich men, which led to the birth of a decade-old Hungarian catchphrase "Gyúrunk vazze'" ("We're working out, damn it").
  • Kész Átverés (Total Scam): a show similar to the MTV's Punk'd where the host does pranks on Hungarian and currently visiting celebrities.
  • Esti Showder: a very popular talk show being broadcast every second week (except summer) at Thursdays 21:00. It loosely follows the format of NBC's The Tonight Show. The show features an opening session with the host cracking somewhat actualized jokes and rapidfire humorous monologues, followed by a regular session of Design Center, in which the host ironically presents absurd or downright ridiculous products created and sent to the show by viewers. After the design center, the show features a studio music session which presents successful or potentially successful Hungarian bands, and finally the show presents a talk session where Fábry sits down and talks to different Hungarian celebrities. After 11 years the show hasn't returned at the fall season of 2011. Fábry moved the show to m1.
  • Celeb vagyok...Ments ki innen!: the licensed version of British TV show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! The 1st season premiered at the fall 2008. Before the first season premiere the 2nd season was announced as well. The 2nd season had even better ratings than the first season. The show will return in Autumn 2014 on RTL II.
  • Vacsoracsata (Dinner Fight): the licensed version of Come Dine With Me.
  • Benkő Feleséget Keres (Benkő is looking for a wife): RTL Klub's 2009 fall season reality about a search for a wife for Hungary's scandalous artist, Benkő Dániel.
  • Balázs Show: a daily tabloid talk show, which aired every weekday at 16:30. The show followed a slightly more lightened up format than its counterpart, Mónika show. It ended in 2007 after years of success, cited reason being that the host became popular and wanted more serious challenges.
  • Mónika Show: a daily tabloid talk show usually featured and tried to resolve family issues. The former Hungarian local authority National Radio and Television Syndicate had often punished the channel belong to highly violent behaviour and bad language used by the guests the show. In 8 August 2012, RTL Klub got a 12-hours break penalty for the show.
  • Szombat Esti Láz (Saturday Night Fever): The show is based on the BBC One programme Strictly Come Dancing. In it famous Hungarian people dance with professional dancers. This show is also very popular. The 2nd season finale had more viewers than the FIFA Football World Cup Final in Hungary. (Italy vs. France), it should however be noted that Hungary were not in the competition hence weakening interest. It had 3 seasons. 2 in 2006 (spring and fall) and 1 in 2008 (fall). The show returned in 2013 spring on RTL II.
  • Győzike: a documentary-soap about a Hungarian gypsy family. The head of the family called Győző Gáspár, husband and father of two girls, who is a pop/rap singer and he had a band but after the show started in 2005 the band broke up. It used to be a very popular show, bearing similarities to MTV's the Osbournes. It had 7 seasons but the return of the show is unlikely.
  • Pókerarc: The Hungarian adaption of the RTL format PokerFace. It debuted at November 2007 and broadcast every day at 19.00. At the end of the first season, before Christmas one player won 50 Million Ft. (200.000 Euro). The host of the game is István Vágó (the host of the previous game show Who wants to be a Millionaire? and Balázs Sebestyén (the host of Balázs show and Kész Átverés). The 2nd season started in fall 2008.
  • A Kísértés (The Temptation): the licensed version of Temptation Island. The show had one season on RTL Klub in 2004 and had moderate ratings and so it wasn't renewed for a second season.
  • A Rettegés Foka (Fear Factor): It is a licensed version of the American Fear Factor. It was cancelled after 2 seasons, reruns however are still aired on Cool TV.
  • Survivor – A sziget (Survivor - The Island): the licensed version of the famous hit reality show Survivor, whose international format rights are held by RTL. RTL Klub aired two seasons. The major difference between the Hungarian Survivor and the original one was the winner was selected by a public vote (via SMS or phone calls).
  • Szeszélyes (Capricious): a show similar to long-running Szeszélyes Évszakok (Capricious Seasons). After the cancellation of the original show, RTL Klub launched its own version with the host Imre Antal, which ran until Antal's death of cancer in 2008. The channel didn't renew the license for the show because it had considerably lower ratings than the original.

Sister TV channels

RTL Klub has many sister channels. One of the owners of RTL Klub is "IKO Kábeltévé Kft.", which also owns Cool TV, Film+, SportKlub, SportKlub+ (which is a non-airing channel since 2009), DoQ, F&H, Sorozat+, Poén! (which became Prizma in December 2010), Reflektor and Film+2, all of which are in some way related to the IKO's primary channel, RTL Klub. In 2011, RTL Group acquired seven TV channels from the IKO Kábeltévé (Cool TV, Film+, Film+2, Prizma TV, Sorozat+, Reflektor TV, Muzsika TV). Thematic Cable bought SportKlub, DoQ and F&H in 2013 from the RTL Group. Prizma TV reruns since May 2014 called RTL+.

Cool TV

Originally Cool TV had the target audience of 15–29 urban youths who love music, externals, clothes, trendy lifestyle and extravagance. The channel was launched in 2003 and it is available in 2.5 million households.[4] The channel is on a 24/7 broadcast schedule, targeting audience not only during the day, but during the night as well. Cool TV airs reruns of series RTL Klub originally purchased or produced as well as series targeting today's youth. These include: South Park, Married... with Children (Egy rém rendes család), 24, Footballer's Wives (Futbalista feleségek), The L Word (L), Queer as Folk (A fiúk a klubból), The Unit (Az egység), Dead Like Me (Haláli hullák), Weeds (Spangli), Skins (Skins), Desperate Housewives (Született feleségek)

In 2007, Cool TV launched a series of topical shows produced by the channel, such as Cool Live and Cool Night, featuring younger hosts lent to Cool by RTL Klub. The earlier is a youth lifestyle show, and the latter is an adult show including interviews with Hungarian porn stars and producers, as well as occasionally shown soft-core video clips. As of 29 September 2013, these talk shows are cancelled.

In 2009, Cool TV purchased the airing rights of the successful Hungarian version of Whose line is it anyway?, Beugró.

From August 30, 2010, Cool TV changed image and was rebranded, opening for a wider audience. Since then the channel airs mostly crime procedurals like the CSI franchise, Bones, Castle, Cobra 11, The Mentalist, etc. The move was successful because as of July 2012, Cool TV is the third watched commercial TV channel, and most watched cable channel in Hungary (target audience 18-49, prime time 19.00-23.00), beating main competitor Viasat 3.[5]


Film+ was launched in 15 September 2003, the same time as Cool TV. The channel airs movies which previously aired on RTL Klub 24/7. According to 2012 Hungarian television ratings, Film+ is the third-most-watched cable channel in Hungary.[6] Due to the early success of the channel, the parent company launched Film+2, which airs movies in the same fashion as Film+.


Film+2 is a non-violent family channel. This movie channel is devoted partly to female audiences, and partly to family films during the evenings and weekends. It offers comedies, romantic films, adventures and dramas. In the RTL cable portfolio, Film Plusz 2 is the channel that broadcasts most Hungarian films.

Sport Klub

The Sport Klub channel was launched before in 2nd January 2006. RTL Klub purchased the broadcasting rights of the FIFA World Cup 2006 but it didn't have enough airing time for all of the matches, and therefore Sport Klub was launched by the parent company to fill in. Now Sport Klub airs various sport activities, such as the French and Italian football league (as partner of Digi Sport), tennis, poker, NCAA, athletics, futsal and box. űThe channel reran the Formula-1 broadcast of the parent channel to 2011. It aired certain matches of the English and the Spanish league, however its main competitors, the sports channels run by the Hungarian public service television MTV, Sport1 and Sport2, have the first pick of the matches they would like to air. To ease up the load on Sport Klub, the parent company also launched the channel SportKlub+, which aired sports events deemed to attract less viewers than the parent channel.

Sport Klub is also available in countries close to Hungary in which countries IKO also operates, including Romania, Poland, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.


In September, 2011 RTL Klub started a project named RTL2 to launch a new RTL channel in Hungary. In April, 2012 it was announced, that RTL will launch RTL II in September or in October with I Love Gjoni (reality show); Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? (Hungarian version) and Heti Hetes (weekly comedy show on Sunday nights).

In July 2012, something started to promoted on RTL Klub with these sentences: The Life is Nice (Hungarian: Az élet szép.), The Sky is Blue (Az ég kék.), The Grass is Green (A fű zöld.), but it wasn't mentioned that these ads are advertising something. In September 2012, it was revealed that these ads advertised RTL2, the new commercial television channel what will launch on October 1, 2012 and it will replace Reflektor TV. In September, it suddenly became an Internet meme but bloggers and net users were disappointed when they got know the promotion is about "just" a new TV channel.

At the launch the prime-time schedule of Chase, shows moved from RTL Klub: Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Heti Hetes and a new magazine Forró nyomon.


Prizma TV’s focus is on entertainment and its purpose is to provide something attractive for each generation. Most of its programming consists of beloved familiars, but there are some new audience favourites, too. It airs as RTL+ since May 2014.


Sorozat+ is the channel for fans of series - for those who live in anticipation of the next episode. Sorozat+ offers something for each member of the family, from Latin-American telenovelas to top US series.

Muzsika TV

Muzsika TV is a music channel that offers a mix of traditional and modern pieces, featuring the greatest stars of folk and pop music as well as operettas and musicals.


  1. ^ "A Forma-1-ről is lemond az RTL" (RTL gives up Formula 1 rights) October 24, 2011.
  2. ^ "Való Világ 4: Töretlen siker" (VV4: Great success) January 15, 2011.
  3. ^ [3] "Az X-Faktor megeszi a Megasztárt reggelire" (The X Factor eats Megasztár for breakfast)] September 7, 2010.
  4. ^ [4]
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External links

  • Official Site (in Hungarian)
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