We’re going up, up, up, up, up, uhhhh-p! The three live shows from this year’s 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna attracted 197 million viewers across 40 countries: That’s two million more that last year’s contest in Copenhagen.

The grand final achieved an audience share of 39.6% across 40 markets. That’s more than double the average prime-time viewing share for the same group of channels (16.4%). That means Eurovision helped these channels more than double their share of the viewing audience! Overall, it’s a 6% increase in TV viewing share compared to last year. Well done Mans (and Polina and Il Volo and Loïc).

ORF also succeded at building bridges with younger viewers. Of 15-24 year olds watching TV in the 40 countries during the grand final, Eurovision captured 44.8% of them – up 8% from 2014.

Naturally the host country of Austria saw its largest TV audience of the last decade, with 1.7 million Austrians watching the grand final on 23 May. That represents a TV viewing audience share of 59.9% — or three out of every five TV viewers!

Despite their early exit from the semi-final, Iceland had the largest audience share, with 95.5% of the country’s TV viewers watching the grand final. Eventual winners Sweden gained the second highest viewing share, with a whopping 85.6% tuning in to see Måns Zelmerlöw emerge triumphant.

Australia’s invitation to participate in this year’s 60th anniversary had a huge impact down under, delivering the country’s highest ever audience of 5.7 million people on both live broadcasts and prime time repeats. That’s a 27% increase from last year’s contest when Jessica Mauboy became Australia’s guest interval act.

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Oostenrijk
Oostenrijk
5 years ago

These figures only come from participating countries. Viewing figures from Ukraine, China or other countries are not included.

Maltish
Maltish
5 years ago

That’s actually a very small increase.

Otna
Otna
5 years ago

And here’s hoping for 200million next year <3

Auggie
Auggie
5 years ago

Detailed viewership numbers of countries I’ve been able to look up:

Spain – 5.96 million & 39,3% share (voting section 7.08 million & 48,2% share)
France – 4.40 million & 27,6% share (best numbers since 2011)
Italy – 3.29 million & 16,4% share (the highest ever since they came back in 2011)

Oostenrijk
Oostenrijk
5 years ago

Austrian charts:

1 Sweden
2 Belgium
4 Austria
5 Italy
8 Estonia
10 Russia
14 Israel
16 Australia
17 Norway
19 Latvia
22 Building Bridges Theme
23 Slovenia
24 Conchita Unstoppable
52 Conchita Firestorm
53 UK
54 Germany
55 Serbia
59 Lithuania
61 Cyprus
64 Hungary
70 Romania
73 Georgia

Gav
Gav
5 years ago

Wow. I’m moving to Iceland.

It would just be like one massive party island. Now I know why they have those strange lights in the sky. It’s EUROVISION lights.

paco
5 years ago

Pues SI muy bien hecho y felecito a THE STARS,Suecia,Rusia,Italia,Belgica,Australia pero mi reconocimiento mas sinceros a todos los demas paises ,satelites de la final y los paises,asteroides de la semifinal.THE STAGE precioso los presentadores correctos pero queridos amigos,la realizacion que nos ofrecio la ORF para mi muy desordenada se lucieron mas en unas canciones que en otras cosa que no poso en Copenhague y Malmo.En cuanto al comentario de LOL, no puedo estar mas de acuerdo con usted,hay verdades que duelen,por favor mas TOLERANCIA hacia las personas que esciben sus opiniones en este, DEMOCRATICO bloog

fikri
fikri
5 years ago

so almost all icelanders watch eurovision? that’s awesome!

John
John
5 years ago

@lol, in the Georgian televote last year, the UK finished 8th, behind Belarus, an eastern country. Most of the televotes pushed Azerbaijan to the lower portion, except Ukraine, Russia and Georgia etc. A lot of these put it beneath the UK, even in eastern bloc countries.

Obviously, some still occurs, the baltics will always vote for eachother, as does Georgia and the other two caucasus countries and Romania and Moldova. But if Europe hated us, nobody would even pick up the phone to vote for us, which is clearly not the case.

Fatima
Fatima
5 years ago

lol id Europe hates the UK then why are UK acts so popular in Europe ? Look at the iTunes charts and you’ll see what I mean.

Tommy (UK)
5 years ago

@lol Why are you here if you don’t like the contest? Please leave

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

Only 6.6m watched it in UK, only 3.2m in Italy, only 4.4m in France…. three big markets and Eurovision didn’t draw high ratings although they were improved this year in France and Italy.

Also, only 500k watched the show in Portugal.

What about Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Israel, China (lol), Norway, Switzerland??

lol
lol
5 years ago

eurovision is only political who watch it anyway? the uk never gets any points because the eastern block are voting for each other, and because europe hates us

Calvin
Calvin
5 years ago

Hmmm…I was kind of hoping that the figures would’ve gone up by more than that.

John
John
5 years ago

Ouch, so many Austrians seeing their country get nil points in the voting, that’d be so hard to cope with if we got that with so many viewers.