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French Admissions Rise By 9% In First Half

By | Wednesday July 14, 2010 @ 4:25am PDT

French_flagTicket sales in France reached 104.2 million between January and June this year, according to state body Centre National de la Cinématographie. Box office hit €640 million ($813 million).

The admissions rise was choked off in June though, partly because of the World Cup and partly because of weak film releases. June admissions fell by 4.4% year-on-year to 10.7 million.

Hollywood increased its market share to 52.3% over the first six months. France’s share of the box office fell to 38.5% compared with 40% in 2009. This is despite local films such as holdover Le Petit Nicolas grossing €5.7 million and L’Amacoeur (Heartbreaker), starring Vanessa Paradis, earning €4 million through les tourniquets.

I’m told that French producers are feeling the pinch just like everybody else. Last year, the average French production cost €5.1 million to produce compared with €6.4 million in 2008.

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Record Ratings For Final Game; World Cup Finishes As The Most Watched Ever

Nellie Andreeva

2010_logo_largeHave Americans finally embraced the biggest sporting event in the world, the FIFA Men’s World Cup? It looks that way. Yesterday’s 2010 FIFA World Cup Final on ABC, in which Spain won over the Netherlands with an extra-time goal – was the most-watched Men’s World Cup game ever, drawing some 15.5 million viewers. It caps a great ratings showing for the tournament, highlighted by a Team USA’s memorable run, which now ranks as the most-viewed World Cup ever on English-language TV in the United States. The 64 matches averaged 2.3 million viewers on ABC on ESPN, up 41% from the 2006 World Cup. Additionally, the final was also the most watched ever on Univision with 8.8 million viewers, up 49% from the 2006 final between Italy and France, to rank as the third most watched program in Univision’s history regardless of genre. That brings the total U.S. audience for the final to 24.3 million.

The final telecast on ABC also delivered an 8.1 household rating. Only the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final between the U.S. and China drew more viewers for a soccer game – 18.0 million. In household rating, the final was the fourth highest-rated Men’s World Cup game on record, behind the 1994 Italy-Brazil Final (9.5), the 1994 U.S.-Brazil round of 16 match (9.3), and this year’s U.S.-Ghana epic (8.5). It represents a slight (6%) increase from the 2006 Italy-France Final.

Meanwhile, ABC’s coverage of the Uruguay-Germany 3rd Place match on … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: USA-Ghana Sets Record

By | Sunday June 27, 2010 @ 2:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

2010_logo_largeTeam USA couldn’t deliver another comeback win but their loss to Ghana in Round 16 delivered blockbuster ratings for ABC. The Saturday match, which Ghana won 2-1 in overtime, is now the most-watched FIFA World Cup game with 14.9 million viewers. As it was for all 3 previous team USA matches, San Diego was the top market with a 15.4 household rating. Through 50 games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the ESPN networks are averaging a 1.8 U.S. rating and 2.8 million viewers. The rating is up 48% from 2006, while viewers are up 60%.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: World Cup Up With Team U.S. Heroics, ‘Hot In Cleveland’ Down

Nellie Andreeva

ESPN’s Wednesday morning World Cup match between the U.S. and Algeria set records as the highest-rated and most-watched soccer telecast in the history of the ESPN networks, while drew the largest U.S. audience for a sports event on the Web with 1.1 million unique viewers watching the match for an average of 43 minutes.

Meanwhile, the second episode of the TV Land original sitcom Hot In Cleveland averaged 3.4 million viewers, down 29% from  the record-setting heights of the show’s premiere last week. The number is still pretty solid for TV Land. Read More »

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