After the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, numerous broadcasters changed their programs on Thursday evening.
News programs and special programs met with great interest among German television audiences. In addition to the major broadcasters, the Queen's death was also the main topic on channels such as Welt, n-tv, Phoenix from ARD and ZDF, Bild, Tagesschau24 and Deutsche Welle.
The ARD "Focus: British Queen Elizabeth II is dead" had an average of 6.09 million viewers (22.6 percent market share) from 8:15 p.m., the documentary "The Queen - To the Death of Queen Elizabeth II." from 9 p.m. then another 5.24 million (19.7 percent).
RTL brought a quarter-hour "News Special - The Queen is dead" before football from 8:15 p.m. and thus had 3.16 million viewers (11.8 percent). A Sat.1 special from 8:15 p.m. attracted 0.96 million viewers (3.6 percent).
The ARD documentary "The Queen - Fateful Years of a Queen" had 1.28 million viewers (12.0 percent) from 10:50 p.m.
The 8 p.m. “Tagesschau” alone had 6.42 million viewers (24.8 percent) in the first, the ARD “Tagesthemen” from 10:15 p.m. 2.42 million (11.8 percent). The ZDF "heute journal" reached 4.63 million (19.3 percent) from 9.45 p.m. The 7 p.m. "Today" show on ZDF (3.34 million/18.3 percent) and the 6:45 p.m. edition of "RTL Aktuell" (2.91 million/17.1 percent) ran before the Flash message from 7.30 p.m. on the death of the Queen.
The ZDF comedy "Teacher can anyone!" with Christoph Maria Herbst as a career changer at a school in front (3.79 million/14.2 percent), followed by the ProSieben show "The Voice of Germany" (1.81 million/7.3 percent), Pierce Brosnan at Vox in "James Bond 007 - Die Another Day" (1.21 million/4.9 percent) and the Kabel-Eins report "Off to the monastery! - Rosary instead of riots" (0.62 million/2.4 percent ) and the RTLzwei social report "Hard Germany - Life in focus" (0.51 million/2.0 percent).
RTL football from 9 p.m. – the Europa League game SC Freiburg – Qarabag FK (2:1) – had 3.27 million viewers (12.4 percent) in the first half and 3 in the second from 10 p.m. 21 million (15.3 percent).