In its 24th year of run, the show still has between 12 and 15 million viewers in Germany and is considered Europe's most successful TV show. Therefore, a lot of international movie and music stars appear.
Crew and audience alike were stunned on 1 April 2006 when, at the end of the show, just before the credits rolled, the host announced that he was retiring immediately. Anyone noting the date realized the prank, but for those who didn't, German news reported on the gag the next day.
The episode with the most viewers was episode 26 from February 9, 1985, which was watched by 23.42 million people in West Germany. The episode with the least viewers was episode 213 from October 4, 2014, which was watched by 5.48 million people.
Until episode 196 from 2011, the show got overlaid 3851 minutes (about 64 hours) in total. The first host, Frank Elstner, overlaid the first episode for 43 minutes, while he ended an episode from 1984 12 minutes earlier. The record made Thomas Gottschalk in an episode from 1996, where he overlaid 73 minutes. The longest episode was the last episode from December 2014, which was supposed to take 150 minutes, but got overlaid 64 minutes.