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The difference in ratings is interesting. While Ségo's 8.9 million vs Sarko's 8.2 million isn't an enormous difference, it's still rather large (700,000 viewers). I'm not sure what significance, if any, it has, but could it perhaps suggest that people have heard "enough" about Sarkozy as compared to being more curious about Royal's program? I don't how that corresponds to the reporting in French media, though.
Perhaps the easier explanation is that the competing channels showed more interesting programs during Sarkozy's broadcast...

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror" - Oscar Wilde
by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Wed Feb 21st, 2007 at 03:17:47 PM EST
Wicked tongues have suggested it was schadenfreude, people wanting to see her explode in flight. Which she didn't.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Feb 21st, 2007 at 03:42:41 PM EST
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I'll stick my neck out once more and repeat :
  • Royal is a well-masked killer.
  • She'll regain the initiative.
by balbuz on Wed Feb 21st, 2007 at 03:48:46 PM EST
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I have just checked the TV programmes. Neither Monday evening had any competing big draws on the other main channels.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Feb 21st, 2007 at 03:57:45 PM EST
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