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).
(With thanks, once again to AurÃ©lie)