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Most popular television genres in Germany2020

The news were the most popular TV genre among German television viewers in 2020. Watching the news on TV is an established ritual in many households, even if nowadays most viewers also supplement their news consumption with other media. Crime series and movies were also a popular choice, followed by animal and nature programs.

Don’t you watch TV?

Despite the rise of online video consumption, the availability of media libraries online from TV broadcasters, streaming services, media consumption on mobile devices, television continues to draw viewers, especially in households. In fact, it remains one of the most used type of media in Germany. On average, 20.73 million viewers watched TV for a total of two hours on a weekday in 2020. In terms of a general population average, daily TV viewing time in Germany amounted to 211 minutes in the 2019.

It’s news

TV genre popularity differs slightly by gender. The news were still in the lead among both men and women, though more women preferred action, adventure, thriller and horror content than men. Daily time spent watching television also differed by age group. Children aged 3 to 13 years watched TV for 88 minutes a day.

Most popular television genres in Germany in 2020

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period


Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German-speaking population

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Information on base:
German-speaking resident population aged 14 years and older.

Information on random sample:
2020: 23,191 respondents, projected on 70.63 million persons.
Find more information on the methodology of this survey here.

The original survey question allowed for multiple answers. Due to this, percentage points may exceed 100 percent. The figures shown in this statistic display only the share of respondents that stated to like the specific television genre "very much".

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