May 12, 2022

For his “Face à Baba”, Mélenchon gathers less than Zemmour

TV – 1.84 million. This is the number of viewers who turned on their television set, this Thursday, January 27, to watch the new edition of Cyril Hanouna’s political programFacing Baba, an issue this time dedicated to Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

Even if it is a high score (8.9% audience share), this second episode marks a drop in audiences if we compare to the launch of the talk show on C8, the previous week, according to Le Figaro.

More than 2 million people had attended the first episode whose main guest was Éric Zemmour. “Apart from the continuous news channel, never has a program brought together so many viewers in the first part of the evening on TNT”, according to the daily.

This Thursday, the two candidates were present on set. They spent the bulk of the show tearing each other apart. “The future of France with Mélenchon is Roubaix, Islamization, Afghanistan two hours from Paris,” launched Zemmour in reference to a decried report recently broadcast on M6.

“You make me laugh with your animal fears,” retorted Jean-Luc Mélenchon. “The process of creolization is neither a program nor an idea, it is a fact”, he developed, recalling that the Martinican poet Edouard Glissant had created this concept by observing the mixture of cultures.

Unsurprising numbers

The drop in ratings is not a surprise. As media sociologist Isabelle Veyrat-Masson explains to Figaro, Zemmour’s candidacy “is extraordinarily disturbing because we did not expect it. It completely reshuffles the cards of the presidential election. And then, his ideas are so black and so fatal that he challenges people. When it’s on TV, it’s an emotional event.”

The CNRS research director recalls that he often revives debates related to the Second World War, a period of history “which fascinates the French”, according to her. “Besides, programs on this conflict systematically record higher figures,” notes the expert.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon is no longer the right client, continues Isabelle Veyrat-Masson. “He always repeats the same thing in the same tone. As he is aware of the weariness with regard to his candidacy, he makes his meetings shows, slices the specialist. He must innovate on the form.” It remains to be seen whether the drop in audiences for Facing Baba is related to the guest or an early disinterest in the talk show. The next episode, whose guest has not yet been revealed, will tell.

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