Status: 02.10.2023, 10:07 a.m.
By: Jonas Erbas
"Beat the Star" and "Because they don't know what's happening" with Schöneberger, Jauch and Gottschalk competed for the ratings on Saturday evening – but a film rerun won it ...
Munich/Cologne – Saturday primetime is particularly important for the major TV stations – accordingly, the focus on well-known shows and stars on this weekday from 20:15 p.m. This was also the case on September 30: On ProSieben, two top comedians fought a heated "Beat the Star" duel, while RTL once again relied on the iconic trio of Barbara Schöneberger (49), Günther Jauch (67) and Thomas Gottschalk (73) with "Because they don't know what's happening".
"Beat the star" and "Because they don't know what's happening" outclassed: Sat.1 film ignites again
In the advertising-relevant target group of 14- to 49-year-olds, which is so important for private broadcasters, ProSieben was able to outperform the Cologne competition, as the DWDL figures center proves: "Beat the Star" with Michael Mittermeier (57) and Olaf Schubert (55) gave the station a market share of a good 12.8% (0.44 million viewers). Barbara Schöneberger and her two celebrity colleagues, on the other hand, only achieved 8.7% (0.35 million viewers) – a figure that is unlikely to be really satisfied in the cathedral city.
Astonishingly, although both ProSieben and RTL relied on premieres of their successful Saturday evening formats, a film that Sat.1 had already shown in spring 2023 won the race: "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007). The fifth part of the fantasy film series won primetime within the target group with a total of 0.57 million viewers, which gave the channel a market share of 12.4% – even though the film has been an integral part of the TV program for over a decade.
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The "Harry Potter" film series has not only brought eternal fame to many stars, but the eight parts have also paid off financially: With a total production cost of around 1.2 billion US dollars, the series has grossed more than 7.7 billion US dollars so far.
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For "Schlag den Star" with Michael Mittermeier and Olaf Schubert, the evening went better than for Barbara Schöneberger and her colleagues – but the primetime victory was won by Sat.1 with part five of the "Harry Potter" series © ProSieben/Willi Weber & Screenshot/RTL/RTL+/Because they don't know what's happening
The overall victory in both categories (total audience and target group) once again went to the "Tagesschau" on Saturday evening, which is very popular with young and old alike almost every day. A piece of news from the world of film and television is currently making quite a few headlines: Allegations of abuse have been made against Maximilian Schell (†84) – now his daughter and his widow are speaking. Sources used: dwdl.de, fernsehserien.de