Demand for Turkish content is booming in Latin America

12 August, 2022

Demand around the world for Turkish series has been booming recently, but perhaps nowhere more than in Latin America. The region has discovered a love of content imported from Turkey.  The telenovela format, a staple in Latin American viewing, is not the only similarity drawing these audiences to Turkish dramas. Hispanic audiences are also finding shared cultural themes in content coming from Turkey, with its emphasis on family values.


Over the past two years, global demand for Turkish content has grown by 44%.  However, the markets seeing the largest growth in audience demand for these series are in Latin America.  While demand for Turkish content in most of these markets has at least doubled, Argentina leads the pack, where the total demand for series from Turkey is more than 4 times what it was in June 2020.


Looking at which Turkish series have succeeded in Argentina recently, “Hercai” is the stand out hit, with 10.14 times the average series demand.  The Turkish romance drama had more than twice the demand of the next most in-demand Turkish series in June (“The Game of my Destiny”).  Romance is a common theme of most of these top series whether they be dramas, romantic comedies, or even romance realities.

One show that provides a particularly interesting example of how Turkish producers have begun catering to the LATAM market is “The Power of Love: Latin America”.  Rather than just exporting content made for Turkish audiences, this show is made in Turkey expressly for the Latin American market.  It is a romance reality series based on the Turkish series “Kısmetse Olur” In this updated format, contestants from around Latin America are brought to live together in a house in Turkey.  A feature of this show is that each week a couple is treated to a romantic trip to somewhere in Turkey.  Clearly this tourist element of the show is designed to cater to audiences who have likely been introduced to Turkey by a local drama and want to see more of the actual country.

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