Germany, Spain Deliver Highest Ratings Yet In Euro Knockout Phase
German public broadcaster ZDF recorded its highest rating of Euro 2012 during Germany’s 4-2 victory against Greece with a market share of 77.8%, according to DPA. A total of 26.8 million people watched ZDF’s live broadcast of the quarterfinal match on Friday night. That is fewer than the audience for Germany’s group game against Denmark (27.7 million) and the Netherlands (27.3 million), but is a new high in market share for ZDF’s Euro 2012 coverage. The audience number is deceiving because a large number of people watched the game at one of the various public viewing sites. Those people are not included in the number (DPA, 6/23).SPANIARDS WATCHING: The AF reported that 10.4 million people watched Telecinco's coverage of "La Roja's" quarterfinal win over France, or a 76.7% share, the highest share for a Euro game in Spain so far. The number is deceiving because "various millions of spectators" followed the game in large public settings like the gigantic screen TV in the Bernabeu stadium. If all those people had stayed home to watch the game, "it's very possible that the audience would have surpassed 15 million" people. The "golden minute" was registered at 10:32pm when 12.6 million people tuned in or a 84.3% share (AF, 6/24). The AFP reported that 11.3 million people watched TF1's coverage of "Les Bleus'" loss to Spain. The TV share was 52% and 13 million people were tuned in for the final whistle (AFP, 6/24).
PORTUGAL'S BIG SHARE: The EFE's Juan Jose Esteban reported that Telecinco's coverage of Portugal's win over the Czech Republic was watched by 5.8 million people or a 39.6% share (EFE, 6/22).