The first showed football on Friday night (April 5): Women's European Championship qualification, Germany played Austria. Meanwhile, the crime series “Der Alte” was shown on ZDF. “Let's Dance” 5th live broadcast on RTL and “The Voice Kids” 1st Saturday. ProSieben showed “Jack Reacher” in prime time, while kapel eins wanted to score points with “Navy CIS: LA” and VOX wanted to score points with “Full speed ahead – The Cruise documentary.” RTLZWEI showed the movie “American Sniper”. But which format was able to attract the most viewers to the screen?

“Old Man” is better than “Let's Dance”

“Der Alte” on ZDF (20:15) won the Friday evening rating duel. The episode “Crash” was watched by 5.95 million people – equivalent to a 23.9 percent market share. In second place is “Last Trace Berlin” (ZDF, 21:14): 4.6 million viewers (market share: 18.4 percent). “Tagesschau” (Das Erste, 20:00) took third place with 4.06 million people and a market share of 17.9 percent. The “heute-show” followed in fourth place (ZDF, 22:30, 3.69 million people, market share 18 percent) and the program “heute” is in fifth place (ZDF, 18:59, 3.46 million people, market share 19.1 percent). “Let's Dance” live (RTL, 8:15 p.m.) ranked sixth among the ten most-watched formats (total viewers) with 3.41 million viewers and a 15.1 percent market share.

However, the RTL dance show managed to score points with a young audience and landed in first place: 0.9 million people aged 14-49 tuned in. This corresponds to a market share of 19.7 percent. Here, “heute-show” was in second place (0.73 million people, market share 16.4 percent), “Tagesschau” was in third place (0.7 million people, market share 17.6 percent).

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: from then on, only households where the main earner speaks German are 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.