A total of almost 13 million people tuned in to Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s TV speech on Sunday evening to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe on May 8, 1945.
First, the private broadcaster RTL broadcast the speech with the four core statements of the federal government led by Scholz on how to deal with Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. The Cologne broadcaster broadcast the Chancellor’s speech on the news program “RTL aktuell” from 6:45 p.m. According to the broadcaster, 2.63 million viewers followed it there.
After that, the speech in which Scholz reiterated Germany’s support for the Ukraine with the words “We defend law and freedom – on the side of those who were attacked” was broadcast on ZDF from 7:30 p.m. 3.4 million viewers followed the speech on ZDF.
Most viewers in the first
Olaf Scholz had the largest audience on ARD. The speech ran there from 8:20 p.m. The eight-minute special broadcast reached 6.65 million viewers on the first. The Ludwigshafen “Tatort” with Ulrike Folkerts was only slightly higher with 7.51 million viewers. Scholz’s speech also determined the debate on “Anne Will”.
For comparison. On March 18, 2020, the then Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the people of Germany in a television speech against the background of the Covid 19 pandemic.
She described the pandemic as the “biggest challenge since the Second World War”. Depending on the counting method, a total audience of 25 to 30 million people was determined.