News channels boosted by riots


The riots take place in the evening, in full prime time, when there are the most people in front of the small screen. Worried, the French zap on the news channels to follow the evolution of the situation. GAUTHIER BEDRIGNANS/Hans Lucas via AFP

The last nights of violence have been more followed than the “yellow vests”.

Since last Tuesdaythe nights of violence that followed the death of young Nahel, killed by a police officer on June 27 in Nanterre, significantly boosted the audience of the non-stop news channels. Last Friday, CNews reached its all-time high, with 4.3% audience share for the day. That day, BFMTV exploded the counters with 6.4% of the public. Almost on a par with M6, which posted a score of 6.8%. On Saturdays, BFMTV was the fourth most watched channel in France. On Sunday, 15.2 million French people in total were still following the news on the antenna of the Altice group. During the past week, Franceinfo saw its audiences increase by 0.3 points, to 1.1%. LCI, TF1’s little sister, also saw an increase over this period. Without however equaling its June 24 record of 4.9% audience during the Wagner rebellion in Russia, the channel recorded 2.8% audience last Wednesday and 2.9% Friday.

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