The former showed “Donna Leon: Stille Wasser” on Friday night (February 9), while “Mainz will remain Mainz, how it sings and laughs” on ZDF. “LEGO Masters Allstars” aired on RTL and “Kiwi's Big Party Night” on Saturday 1. ProSieben showed “Mission: Impossible – Phantom Protocol” in prime time, while kapel eins wanted to score points with “Navy CIS” and VOX wanted to score points with “Where Love Falls – Every Couple Is Different”. RTLZWEI showed the movie “Percy Jackson – Thieves on Olympus”. But which format was able to attract the most viewers to the screen?

The carnival classic is ahead

ZDF's carnival classic “Mainz remains Mainz, how it sings and laughs” won in the Friday night rating duel (20.15). 4.7 million people tuned in – this corresponded to a 21.5 percent market share. In second place is “Tagesschau” (Das Erste, 20:00): the news program was watched by 4.32 million viewers (market share: 17.1 percent). Third place went to “Donna Leon – Stille Wasser” (Das Erste, 20:15) with 3.94 million people and a 15.3 percent market share. Sat.1 was expecting good ratings for “Kiwi's big party night”, but Andrea Kiewel's new show did not make it to the top ten most watched formats (total viewers).

The “party night” also failed to score points with the young audience. Here was the “Tagesschau”: 0.73 million people aged 14-49 tuned in. This corresponds to a 14.1 percent market share. “RTL aktuell” was in second place (0.68 million people, 18.2 percent market share), followed by “LEGO Masters Allstars” in third place (0.58 million people, 10.9 percent market share).

This is how TV ratings are determined

Audience estimates are determined for approximately 5,000 representative households. According to AGF Videoforschung GmbH, they are a “reduced image of all private households with at least one television set in Germany”. The company is responsible for data collection and involves ARD and ZDF as well as private broadcasters and companies. The data has been collected since 1963, although there was a change in 2016: since then, only households where the main earner speaks German have been included. The measurement is performed by devices that record TV sound signals and compare them with the sound patterns of TV channels. As of 2020, the extent of streaming offers has also been measured in some representative households.