German viewers flock to ice hockey final despite early-morning start
Live coverage of Sunday’s men’s ice hockey final between Germany and the Olympic athletes from Russia team at the winter Olympics in PyeongChang attracted a combined German television audience of 3.65 million viewers despite the 5.10am (CET) face-off time.
The match was broadcast live in Germany by ZDF, the public-service broadcaster, and Eurosport, the pan-European sports broadcaster, and pulled in impressive figures as Germany lost 4-3, but, with a silver medal, achieved their best-ever performance in the sport at the games.
ZDF averaged 3.19 million viewers from 5am, equal to a viewing share of 51.2 per cent.
Eurosport 1, which is available on a free-to-air basis in Germany, netted an audience of 460,000 viewers, and a 6.7-per-cent viewing share.
ZDF’s share was 41.9 per cent among the target sector of 14 to 49 year olds, compared to 11.2 per cent for Eurosport.
Germany’s shock 4-3 win over Canada in Friday’s semi-final was watched by 5.3 million viewers (a 36.7-per-cent share) on ARD, ZDF’s fellow public-service broadcaster. An additional 390,000 viewers (a 2.7-per-cent share) followed the game, which began at 1.10pm, on Eurosport.
ARD pulled in an audience of 5.9 million viewers (a 46.1-per-cent share) on Friday afternoon as Germany secured bronze in the men’s 4 x 7.5-kilometre biathlon relay.
Yesterday’s closing ceremony attracted an audience of 5 million viewers (a 29.8-per-cent share) on ZDF.
ARD’s coverage across the duration of the PyeongChang games was watched by a more than 40 million viewers, or 56 per cent of German television households (the figure dropped to 40 per cent for live coverage).
ZDF’s best figure was the 6.7-million audience (and 37.4-per-cent share) for the men’s biathlon mass start.
The broadcaster’s ‘Mediathek’ live streaming service registered an average of 3.6 million visits per day between 9 and 22 February, compared to 2.8 million per day during the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.