Resurrection: Ertugrul (“Diriliş Ertuğrul” in Turkish) is a Turkish series that was first aired in the year 2014, on the Popular Turkish TV Station TRT. TRT was then a Station fighting to regain its dominance on the charts, as views had been dwindling drastically. Being labeled as having a plethora of low production value shows under their belt, they really needed something to revamp and reset how they were viewed. The countless genres they tested to regain constant exposure, hadn’t helped at all; until they decided to give it another try with the released Resurrection: Ertugrul.
It was presented as just new addition to the weekly Wednesday night line up, but quickly dominated the ratings and became the highest viewed show on their station. When the rating figures were tested, it was noted that a majority of the views came from those with high educational backgrounds and others from among the Upper Class in Turkey. What a way to boost your station’s position.
Now, let’s get into what Resurrection: Ertugrul is really all about.
The TV series focuses on and quite accurately highlights the life of Ertugrul, who was by then the father to Osman I. Osman I, was the founder of Ottoman Empire which can as well be known as Turkish Empire in the year 1299. Ertugrul had just arrived in Anatolia from Merv (Turkmenistan) with 400 of his best horsemen to aid in the war of the Seljuks, of Rum against Byzantine. After the brutal slaughtering of the Seljuks of Rum in the 14th Century, the land of Anatolia was then divided into several little independent Turkish states, also known as Ghazi Emirates. Basically Ertugrul set off a domino effect in the series of events that ultimately led to his son, Osman I, founding of Ottoman Empire. The series delves into the history books to give viewers a spot on, first hand insight as to what Ottoman Empire, was truly like when it was first founded.
The first episode had Turkish Social Media ablaze with excitement, as some were truly captivated by how precisely relayed the story was; others were debating and comparing it to the Popular U.S HBO Series, Game of Thrones. However, what really made the series so amazing was that it drew in about a third of Turkish prime time viewers to the screen and had even been aired in more than 45 countries around the world! By the way the ratings sky rocketed, it had been duly noted that there was a great hunger and an obvious desire within the hearts of the locals to know more about their ancestors; establish a bond with those who fought for their country.
The now popular series, has indeed capitalized on the growth and reach of technology, by creating avenues where by, viewers could explore the depths of their history through audial and visual means. Seeing vividly, the mindsets of those within that period of time, their lifestyle, their choice of clothing, even the social structure, really created the necessary setting that drew people in. All with the first episode.
It is safe to say, that the TRT station has found their golden ticket to relevance. The first season was just the start, however the second season has proven to be even more of a success! Resurrection: Ertugrul is still dominating, holding onto and rarely dipping below the 30% competitive Wednesday Night Primetime slot.
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