The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has revealed that 182 million viewers — spread among the 42 participating countries — tuned in to both semi-finals and the grand final of Eurovision 2017.
Despite the lower viewing figures, the grand final of Eurovision 2017 received an audience share of 36.2% — the same as in 2016. Online viewing for all three live shows are also on the up, with six million hits across 233 territories through the official Eurovision YouTube channel, with a total of 8.5 million on-demands requests.
Eurovision 2017 viewing figures
Host country Ukraine received their highest viewing share for a Eurovision grand final since 2009. A total of 1.5 million viewers watched O.Torvald rock out on home soil, with an audience share of 18.8%.
Eventual winner Portugal also drew its biggest audience since 2008. An average of 1.4 million viewers watched Salvador Sobral sing his way to Eurovision glory, giving broadcaster RTP a 32.5% audience share.
Kristian Kostov’s second place finish was watched by 650,000 people, Bulgaria’s highest audience share since 2003. That represents a 39.4% share.
Svala may have missed out on the grand final, but Iceland continued to deliver the largest audience share from the 42 participating countries at 98%. Around 150,000 viewers — a 16% increase from last year’s contest — marks their highest viewing figures since Pollapönk made the final in Copenhagen in 2014.
Pre-contest favourites Italy enjoyed its best audience share since their Eurovision return in 2011 with 3.6 million viewers, an increase of 15% from 2016.
Germany only narrowly avoided finishing bottom of the table again. But they can cheer the fact their 7.8 million viewers resulted in their highest average viewing figures for an eighth year in a row.
Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)