A historic day. Monday September 19 was a public holiday in Britain on the occasion of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. An event broadcast live on channels around the world and which took place over much of the day yesterday, from the religious ceremony at Westminster Abbey to the burial at St. Windsor. Even if they both have a news channel, TF1 and France 2 have chosen to switch to special edition in the morning, with different cuts.
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On the first channel, impacted since the beginning of the month in terms of audience due to its conflict with Canal+, Anne-Claire Coudray and Gilles Bouleau have embarked on a real marathon with no less than 7 consecutive hours of live. From 8 a.m. – time of their broadcast – to 12 p.m., the first part was followed by 1.05 million French people, or 22.5% of the public according to Mediametrie. Between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., the suite caught the attention of 2.87 million people (25.5% of 4+). Due to this exceptional funeral, there was no broadcast of Marie-Sophie Lacarrau’s “13 Hours”.
A choice that resulted in a lower audience compared to a usual edition of the newspaper: between 1 p.m. and 1:52 p.m., the special Elizabeth II edition was scrutinized by 3.36 million people, representing 26.6% of the entire audience. As an indication, last Monday, the holder of the “13 Hours” had been watched by 4.13 million fans, or 37.3% of the public. In the home straight, between 1.50 p.m. and 3 p.m., the first channel was still able to count on 2.32 million followers (23.6% PDA).
No “13 Hours” for TF1 and for France 2
Opposite, France 2 had also mobilized its antenna in connection with this historic event. If “Télématin” offered several duplexes during its broadcast, the special edition led by Julian Bugier and Stéphane Bern really started at 10 a.m. Until 1:15 p.m., the editorial meeting interested an average of 2.17 million viewers, for an audience share of 27.5%. La Deux has also sacrificed its “13 Hours” in favor of the special edition. Between 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., the meeting dedicated to Great Britain convinced 3.20 million fans of the British monarchy, a market share of 30.8%.
Finally, on M6, Kareen Guiock Thuram offered an extended edition of her “12.45”, which continued until 1:32 p.m. This informative edition convinced 553,000 people (4.3% of 4 years old and over)far from its usual performance.
BFMTV 4th national channel during the funeral
For their part, the four continuous news channels – BFMTV, CNews, LCI and franceinfo: – have also mobilized their respective antennas in connection with the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. During the broadcast of the funeral from 11:58 a.m. to 1:14 p.m., BFMTV ranked 4th national channel and 1st news channel, with 941,000 viewers (8.2% PDA). She is ahead of CNews, which gathered on this slice 323,000 peoplethat is 2.8% of the public. Behind, LCI was watched by 180,000 French (1.6% of the public) and franceinfo: by 129,000 onlookers (1.1% market share).
Throughout the day, BFMTV won a good audience share with 7.3% of individuals aged four and over, well ahead of the competition. CNews points to 2.7% of the publicwhile LCI reaches 2.5% of viewers and franceinfo: arrives at 1.4% of French people aged 4 and over.