The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has revealed that the three shows of Eurovision 2019 reached a global audience of 182 million people. This is down four million on last year and along with 2017 — when Russia withdrew — it is the lowest audience since 2013.
This is most likely down to the absence of Ukraine and Bulgaria, although the former did air the show locally. Furthermore, for the first time since 2014, the contest was not broadcast in either the United States or China.
But 182 million is still a lot!
Looking at the grand final on Saturday, Eurovision was a huge win for participating countries in general. It achieved an average audience share of 36.7%. That’s up 0.9% on last year and “more than double the average prime-time viewing share for the same group of channels (16.7%).”
As in recent years, the contest proved particularly popular in courting younger audiences.
Around 45.3% of 15-24-year-olds watched the grand final, “which is four times higher than the broadcast channels average of 11.7%” for Saturday evening.
Below is a sample of some of the grand final viewing figures recorded across the continent. Note, the 182 million headline figure includes ratings for all three shows combined.
Eurovision 2019 viewing figures — the highs and lows
- Netherlands: 4.409 million viewers and a 74.5% share, the highest since 5.1 million watched in 2014.
- Iceland: 171,000 viewers for the grand final. According to the EBU, Iceland had the largest viewing share of any market at 98.4% — the highest since 2014.
- Israel: 1.3 million viewers which amounted to a 63.2% share, the highest since current records began in 2003.
- Cyprus: 180,020 viewers and a 69.3% share. It was the most watched show of the week.
- Russia: Exact figures have not been released, but Eurovision topped the ratings. In Moscow, it attracted a 36.8% share. Other cities saw a 28.2% share.
- Czech Republic: 284,600 viewers, up 12% on 2018.
- Greece: 1,863,000 viewers and 50.4% share — the highest since 2015.
- Norway: 1,247,000 viewers and an 81% shares. Around 2.2 million Norwegians watched at least one minute of the final. However, this is the lowest viewing figure since 2016 when Norway failed to qualify. It is down 123,000 viewers compared to 2018.
- Belgium: 249,596 viewers and 25.1% share for Wallonian broadcaster RTBF. That’s up 43,422 on last year. However, 250,000 more watched Blanche in the 2017 final.
- Denmark: 1,095,000 viewers, making it the most watched show of the week. However, figures had dropped slightly for the second year running.
- Slovenia: 276,400 viewers and 47% share — the highest since 2015.
- Switzerland: 660,000 viewers and 49.4% share — the highest since 2006. Interest peaked at 912,000 during the country’s performance.
- Italy: 3,539,000 viewers and 19.72% share — the second-highest audience since its 2011 comeback.
- France: 4,780,000 viewers, down over 300,000 viewers from 2018. However, the 2018 final was the most viewed since 2009. With a 30.2% share, the show still topped the ratings ahead of The Voice.
- Spain: 5,449,000 viewers, down 1.75 million on 2018. However, like France, Spain had recorded a ten year high in 2018. It still secured a 36.7% share.
- Poland: 1.15 million viewers watched the grand final, down 366,800 viewers on 2018. Five million watched in 2016.
- Ireland: 284,700 people tuned in, amounting to a market share of 28%. In comparison, 689,900 people (52%) watched in 2018. This figure is also lower than 2017 and 2016.
- Estonia: 201,000 viewers and a 16.7% share. Down 56,000 on 2018.
- Romania: 147,000 viewers or a 3.3% share. Eurovision was only the eight most-watched show on Saturday night.
- Hungary: 145,000 viewers tuned in — an all-time low for a contest in which Hungary competed. About 404,000 watched last year’s final. The highest figures came in 2013 when 1,133,000 viewed the final.
- Finland: 538,000 viewers, down 438,000 from 2018.
- Sweden: 2,566,000 viewers. This was the lowest figure since 2010 and more than a million down on audience numbers for the 2016 contest.
- Germany: 7.6 million viewers, the highest average viewing figures for any territory for the ninth year running.
- United Kingdom: 6.9 million viewers and 41.7% share. This is relatively level with figures for 2017 and 2018.
- Australia: 412,000 watched the grand final. That is split between 166,000 for the live broadcast in the early hours of the morning and 246,000 for the primetime repeat.
The EBU reports that the Eurovision YouTube channel registered 40 million unique viewers from 225 territories during the week of the event. According to analytics, 72% of live show viewing on YouTube was by the under 35s.
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