The premiere of Rising Star on France’s M6 on Thursday, September 25, earned the channel its highest ratings surrounding a launch in seven years.
Scoring an average audience of 3.7 million viewers, and peaking with 4.6 million, Rising Star won its target audience (housewives under 50) timeslot with a 29% share.
Three million votes were also tallied by viewers who had downloaded the 6Play app, which allows them to canvass in real time. The app is integrated into the show, and contestants receive instant feedback while they’re on stage. A 70% approval rate from the combined viewers, judges and live audience tally allows them to advance beyond a giant screen into the studio.
In a statement, M6′s executive director of programs, Bibian Godfroid, said: “We will be satisfied if we reach the same ratings for the premiere. Some countries have created versions of the show which are more loosely based on the original. We have focused on talent, emotion, empathy. That is why we will produce the series, as in Portugal and Israel, where ratings are good.”
While Rising Star France obtained a 16.9% audience share during its initial airing, the Keshet International franchise has been a ratings bonanza in most territories that it’s been sold. However, in the UK, ITV decided not to proceed with the series, and in the United States, where the program launched on ABC on June 22, the series began with 5.2 million viewers and a 1.5 demo rating, but had declined to 3.57 million viewers for the finale, according to Nielsen.
On September 11, Enlight Media China confirmed plans to produce two seasons of Rising Star for China Central Television (CCTV) and potential viewing audience of 1.2 billion.