Thursday evening's TV program was very diverse. The first screen showed a new episode of “Charité”, while ZDF started with “Lena Lorenz”. RTL sent Elton to the competition with the program “Disgrace or Cash in” and on Saturday the host Jörg Pilawa presented the guessing game “The Great General Knowledge Quiz”. Meanwhile, Heidi Klum continued her search for “Germany's Next Top Model” on ProSieben, and Kabel eins exposed the scam again on “Attention Abzocke”. RTLZWEI had something to laugh about with “Brilliantly Next” and VOX showed its adventurous side with the pirate movie “Pirates of the Caribbean – Pirates of the Caribbean 2”.

But which show got the most viewers?

Quota Duel: “Lena Lorenz” defeated “Disgrace or Cash in”

According to, the result is clear: “Lena Lorenz” triumphs everywhere! Not only does the ZDF series, with 4.873 million viewers and a 20.1 percent share of the overall audience, not really leave “Embarrass or Cash in” in the ratings duel — it also wins the day. Other than “Lena Lorenz,” no other prime-time format made it into the top 10 for total viewers.

The result is somewhat different for viewers aged 14-49, with at least two prime-time shows making the top 10 in that age group. The bronze medal went to “Germany's Next Top Model” with 0.851 million viewers (17.6 percent). Meanwhile, “Lena Lorenz” just broke into the top 10 and ranks ninth (0.386 million/7.6 percent).

This is how TV ratings are determined

According to AGF Videoforschung GmbH, which is responsible for collecting the data and includes both ARD and ZDF, the estimates come from around 5,000 representative households, which are considered “a reduced image of all private households with at least one television set in Germany”. as private broadcasters and companies. These data have been collected since 1963, although since 2016 only households where the main earner speaks German have been included.

The technical implementation is carried out with the help of measuring devices that record sound signals on the TV and compare them with the sound patterns of the TV channels. From 2020, it will also be possible to fix the extent of streaming offers in some representative households.