The moment is symbolically strong for CNews. Vivendi’s news channel, for the first time, overtook BFM-TV on Monday, May 3, with a daily audience share of 2.7% against 2.5% for its competitor, according to figures released by Mediametry. It is a sort of crowning achievement for the former i-Télé, whose grid has been completely overhauled and which has since adopted a conservative line, even if the channel denies it. This success was especially carried by its section of the evening, pulled by “Face à l’Info” at 7 pm, which features its polemicist Eric Zemmour.
“CNews now offers a totally different alternative: a channel of debate and opinion. A model that addresses another target. It can happen, like yesterday, on days of weaker news not to be ahead on all the targets, but we therefore do not offer the same thing ”, wrote Marc-Olivier Fogiel, the boss of BFM-TV to his teams on Tuesday, May 4, believing that his “Real competitors” were the news broadcasts of the major national chains. In detail, BFM-TV remains ahead of CNews on the 25-49 age group, with 3.1% audience share, against 1.5% for its competitor.