Back to school with fanfare for TF1, news channels are making progress

The overall television viewing time, which takes into account viewing on all screens (telephone, computer, etc.), fell to 3:23 a.m. in September compared with 3:36 a.m. last year at the same time.

Return with fanfare for TF1, whose audience share increased in September, unlike France 2 and France 3, while the news channels are progressing, according to monthly data from Médiamétrie published on Monday, October 4.

In September, TF1 recorded a 20% audience share (PDA), up 1.2 audience points over one year, driven in particular by its news reports, during the week and at weekends, and their well-attended political interviews, like that of Prime Minister Jean Castex on the 8 p.m. newscast on September 30, followed by 6.6 million viewers.

In addition to the France-Finland match which drew 6.9 million viewers, new fiction and entertainment also contributed to the performance of the first channel. The new series “Mensonges” with Audrey Fleurot and Daniel Ducret has attracted up to 6.7 million viewers and the new seasons of the channel’s flagship shows, such as Koh Lanta, The Voice all stars or Dance with the stars, have regained their audience.

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In total, the channels of the TF1 group (including TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries films and LCI) recorded 27.6% of PDA (+1.4 point over one year), driven by the performance of the flagship channel TF1.

On the other hand, France 2 and France 3 suffer on this return from a high basis of comparison since last year the two public channels had benefited from the exceptional programming of the Tour de France in September due to the health crisis. Consequence: the audience share of France 2 reached 14.2%, down 2.2 points, that of France 3 fell by 0.9 point to 9.4%.

The public group France Télévisions recorded an audience share of 28.4%, down 3.4 points over one year, also penalized by the drop in France 4 (0.7%, i.e. -0.4 point on a year). France 5’s audience share remains stable at 3.3%.

Arte is also progressing

Back to school without a hitch for M6 which achieves the same audience share at 9% as last year. The entire M6 group (which also includes the W9, 6ter and Gulli channels) recorded an audience share down 0.4 point to 14%.

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The Franco-German chain Arte, with European ambitions, increased to 3% of PDA (+0.4 points). Within the Canal + group, C8 rose to 2.7% of PDA (+0.3 point) driven by a jump in the average audience for Cyril Hanouna’s program “Touche pas à mon poste” over one year with 1 , 3 million viewers per day.

All the 24-hour news channels are seeing their audience share increase. BFMTV retains its first place (2.9%, or +0.4 point), followed by CNews which reduced its gap (2.2%, +0.7 point), then LCI (1.1%, +0, 1 point) and franceinfo (0.8%, +0.1 point).

The overall television viewing time, which takes into account viewing on all screens (telephone, computer, etc.), in catch-up and away from home, fell to 3:23 a.m. in September compared with 3:36 a.m. last year in the same period.

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