“Wat e Theater – Wat e Jeckespill” – Monday evening was from Cologne's Karnvelades. At ZDF, Armin Rohde worked as KDD's tough Bo Erichsen in the “night shift”. Günther Jauch returned after the “Jungle Camp” break in “Who Wants to Become a Millionaire” and presented his candidates with different challenges than in Sat.1: In the “Biggest Loser” series, heavyweights fought against their kilos. ProSieben relied on comedy: this is where the prequel to the teddy bear “Ted” began, which was already known from the comedy film of the same name.

Rose Monday quote duel: How did viewers decide?

No one was able to capture a market share exceeding 20 percent on Carnival Monday. Tagesschau led the overall audience (5.658 million, 21.2 percent), followed by Nachtschicht: Calm before the Storm (17.1 percent) with 4,594 viewers. 3.44 million wanted to experience “Cologne Carnival,” which had a market share of 15.1 percent at the time of its broadcast. In the measurement group, “Who wants to become a millionaire” took 10th place, tuning in 3.040 million.

The situation is different for the 14-49-year-old group. The Superbowl still set the numbers here. Günther Jauch took fifth place with his quiz (0.715 million on screen). The only public broadcaster in this top ten was Tagesschau, which came in first place with 0.952 million.

This is how TV ratings are determined

Viewing ratings are determined in around 5,000 typical households, which is a “reduced picture of all private households with at least one television set in Germany”, according to AGF Videoforschung GmbH, which is responsible for determining the data and which, in addition to ARD and ZDF, includes private broadcasters and corporations. The data was first collected in 1963, and since 2016 the population has included “the population living in the Federal Republic of Germany in private households with at least one television in use and a German-speaking main earner”.

Data from panel households are considered in two steps:

  1. Preliminary, based on nightly broadcast and verified data to determine the previous day's TV usage ratings (above).
  2. Eight days later, the final weighting takes into account the households that accessed during this period and the time-shifted usage that occurred during the previous three days.