After the successful broadcast of the spectacular quarter-final success of the German national basketball team at the home European Championship, RTL will also show the semi-final against world champion Spain on free TV.
The 107:96 victory of the team around the stars Dennis Schröder and Franz Wagner against Greece gave the Cologne broadcaster a surprisingly high rating with up to more than two million viewers. Now RTL will also be there on Friday (8.30 p.m.) in Berlin when the team of national coach Gordon Herbert play against title favorite Spain, the broadcaster announced. Commentator will again be Frank Buschmann, Laura Papendick will take over the moderation again.
The transfer is possible through a sublicense agreement with the rights holder MagentaSport. The Telekom subsidiary shows the German games of the European Championship online and freely accessible.
Buschmann with a call to the RTL program management
On average, 1.58 million viewers tuned in to the station from the start of the show at 8:15 p.m. to the end at 10:45 p.m. This corresponded to a market share of 6.8 percent. According to its own information and the figures from AGF video research, RTL achieved the highest average rating in the last and crucial quarter (from 10:04 p.m.) with 2.06 million people (market share: 10.3 percent).
Viewership increased as the game progressed: in the first and second quarters they were still close at 1.4 and 1.36 million respectively (5.3 percent market share each). In the third segment, 1.63 million people (7.0 percent) watched TV.
For the President of the German Basketball Federation, the quarter-final victory was not just a sporting success. "Sensational game, great atmosphere, great ratings for the TV broadcasts! I'm happy that the cooperation between MagentaSport and RTL works so well," said Ingo Weiss. "We are convinced that we can go one step further on Friday."
After the first games of the tournament, the President of the German Basketball Federation, Ingo Weiss, criticized the public broadcasters ARD and ZDF for not showing the German games live. The broadcasters had rejected the criticism. ARD and ZDF show excerpts of the games in their formats like on Sunday in the "Sportschau".