Following broadcast in France of La ConquÃªte de Mars (that’s The Waters of Mars, in case you hadn’t realised) followed by a repeat of PlanÃ¨te Morte) last weekend, audience figures have been released.
With the help of a trailer for the “Doctor Who special evening” aired on France 4 a few days before transmission, figures for Doctor Who reached a massive (comparatively speaking) 504,000 viewers, that is 1.6% of the audience.
Audience figures for the main French channels on Saturday will put these figures into context:
-TF1 had an audience of 4,863,000 with “le grand show des enfants” (“The Children’s Great Show”, literally). that was 24.3% of the audience.
-France 2 had 3,611,000 viewers (17.5%) with “Les annÃ©es bonheur” (or “The Happy years”, a nostalgia show)
-France 3 had 2,552,000 viewers (12.2%) with crime tv series “EnquÃªtes rÃ©servÃ©es”
-M6 had 1,354,000 viewers (6.4%) with “On a Ã©changÃ© nos mamans”, the French version of “Wife Swap”
A lot of work goes into turning Doctor Who from the epitome of English sci-fi into a dubbed French-dubbed show – one in which specialist actors record all of the lines in French. Here’s an example:
It just shows, once more, that while Doctor Who is not that popular in France it is still (slowly) gaining followers: the PlanÃ¨te Morte (Planet of the Dead) premiere, back in March, had had only 423,000 viewers (see more on the topic of French Doctor Who audiences at doctorwho.xooit.fr).