Mediaset's Canale 5 pulls in record audience for Barcelona-Juventus
Canale 5, the free-to-air channel of Italian commercial broadcaster Mediaset, attracted a record Champions League audience last night as Juventus progressed to the semi-finals with an aggregate victory over Barcelona.
The channel registered an audience of 10.7 million viewers, equal to a 37-per-cent viewing share.
There were also 1.14 million viewers on pay-TV’s Mediaset Premium for the match at Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium, which ended in a 0-0 draw. Juventus had won the first leg 3-0 in Turin.
The game was shown in Spain on pay-TV’s BeIN Sports and was watched by 2 million subscribers.
Last week’s first leg was watched by 9.9 million viewers (a 35.6-per-cent share) on Canale 5.
Meanwhile, BeIN Sports netted a peak of 1.35 million viewers in France for Monaco’s quarter-final clash with Borussia Dortmund last night.
The figure represents BeIN’s highest peak for a Champions League game featuring Monaco.
ZDF, the German public-service broadcaster, pulled in an average audience of 8.5 million viewers (a 27-per-cent share) for the match.
Monaco won last night’s second leg 3-1 to complete a 6-3 aggregate victory over their Bundesliga opponents.
ZDF faces the prospect of possibly losing Champions League coverage from the 2018-19 season onwards in a rights auction in progress in German-speaking countries.
German broadcasters had to submit first-round offers by 3 April and there is fierce competition between pay-TV’s Sky Deutschland and new OTT player DAZN for the rights, with the latter talking up its chances of success.
ZDF is thought to be paying just under €60 million ($64.6 million) per season for the Champions League, while Sky holds pay-TV rights across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.