— Published 22 August 2022

Munich 2022 has boosted the audience’s ratings

The figures are not yet final, but they look good. According to the first results published by the EBU (European Broadcasting Union), the 2022 European multisport championships in Munich (11-21 August) received almost 170 million hours of live coverage during the first six days (11-16 August) of the event. In Germany, the host country for this second edition, ARD recorded an average live audience of 3.07 million viewers for athletics and 2.85 million for beach volleyball on Monday 15 August. ZDF, for its part, achieved an average live audience of 4.15 million for the athletics and 2.4 million for the triathlon on Sunday 14 August. In Norway, the athletics evening on 16 August was a big hit on NRK, with a 55.2% audience share. In the UK, the BBC recorded an average live audience of 1.5 million for the athletics on Monday 15 August. The following day, the BBC’s multiplex coverage of the different sports in the afternoon session (athletics, beach volleyball, track cycling and table tennis) achieved an audience share of 19.4%. As the EBU explained in a press release, the initial audience and broadcast results for the 2022 European multisport championships in Munich were better than the 2018 edition after six days of competition, but the two events are still difficult to compare. In 2018, the continental event featured seven sports in Glasgow (including swimming), plus athletics in Berlin. In Munich this year, there were nine in the Bavarian city, but not swimming, whose European Championships were held at the same time in Rome.