French viewing figures sink

by Richard West-Soley 47 views

French viewers were more inclined to switch channels than cheer on Les Fatals Picards this year, as France 3 viewing figures for the contest slumped as the country garnered a meagre joint 22nd placing.

The Eurovision Song Contest final managed an average viewership of just under 3.5 million people this year on France 3, representing only an 18.5% audience share. A TV series on TF1 and a football match on France 2 both took the lion's share of the viewers at home, at 29.1% and 34.3% of the potential audience respectively. Overall in last week's figures, the show does not even make the top five most watched programmes on television, a worrying sign that French viewers are increasingly turned off by the contest. Last year's final in Athens mustered up a slightly more impressive 5.2 million viewers.

The 2007 semifinal was broadcast on France 4, and although no viewing figures are available for its audience share yet, the figures are likely to be disappointingly meagre.

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.

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