Huge success for the Tokyo Olympic Games on the France Télévisions Group’s channels
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As the official free-to-air broadcaster of the Tokyo Olympic Games and a historic partner of the Olympics in France, France Télévisions achieved record ratings thanks to the efforts of its France 2, France 3 and France 4 channels and the La 1ère network, almost 24 hours a day, as well as its unique digital offering with the and platforms and the France tv sport app.

Press release frome France Télévisions –  09/08/2021

More than 50 million French people* watched the exceptional coverage on France Télévisions channels, with nearly 650 hours of airtime, equivalent to 40 hours of airtime every day:

  • In total throughout the competition, more than 50 million French people* tuned in to the Olympic Games, i.e., 87% of the public (that’s 6 million more than for Rio 2016)
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 French people followed the Tokyo Olympic Games
  • French people spent an average of 7.53 hours watching the Olympic Games (individual viewing time)
  • 6 million 15–24-year-olds (90% of the target) and 25 million working people (93% of the target) watched the competitions

France 2 and France 3 boosted by the Tokyo Olympic Games during the day:

  • On France 2, from 2 p.m.: an average of 2.7 million viewers and 27.2% audience share. The channel was the ratings leader among all audiences.
  • On France 3 at 1p.m.: an average of 2.6 million viewers and 19.6% audience share.

Outstanding ratings and memorable moments with the most exciting events and greatest sporting feats:

  • 6.8 million viewers tuned in to watch the French men’s volleyball team win the final (Saturday, August 7)
  • 6.1 million viewers watched the French men’s handball team win the final (Saturday, August 7)
  • 5 million viewers for the French judo team’s gold medal (Saturday, July 31)
  • 4.8 million viewers for Romain Cannone’s gold medal in fencing (Sunday, July 25)
  • 4.2 million viewers watched the victory of the French women’s handball team (Sunday, August 8)

On July 23, the opening ceremony presented by Eglantine Eméyé, Alexandre Boyon and Thierry Marx attracted 4 million viewers. And 4.3 million viewers then tuned in to watch the closing ceremony on Sunday, August 8, with Marie-Christelle Maury, Alexandre Boyon and Thierry Marx.

Record ratings for the magazines:

  • JO Club every day at 5:30 p.m., presented by Laurent Luyat: France 2 was the ratings leader with 2.2 million viewers and 22.2% average audience share.
  • Tout le Sport spécial JO every day at 8:45 p.m. presented by Fabien Lévêque: 2 million viewers and 10.2% average audience share on France 3
  • Stade 2 presented by Matthieu Lartot: 1.7 million viewers and 9.4% audience share on France 3

The strength of the digital offering with, for the first time, 1,100 live broadcasts and nearly 3,000 hours on, the France tv sport app, and the franceinfo platform and app:

  • 62 million video views
  • 700 million minutes viewed
  • 24 million visits and 57 million page views for the content dedicated to the Olympic Games on the franceinfo website and app.


*Reach, viewing threshold: 60 non-consecutive seconds

Sources: MÉDIAMÉTRIE and AT Internet

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