French Audience Figures Increase

Following broadcast in France of La Conquête de Mars (that’s The Waters of Mars, in case you hadn’t realised) followed by a repeat of Planète 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 années bonheur” (or “The Happy years”, a nostalgia show)
-France 3 had 2,552,000 viewers (12.2%) with crime tv series “Enquêtes réservées”
-M6 had 1,354,000 viewers (6.4%) with “On a échangé 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 Planète 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

(With thanks, once again to Aurélie)

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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