204 million viewers watched this year's Eurovision Song Contest!
George Dalakouras | On 26, May 2016
More than 200 million viewers watched Jamala win the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 for Ukraine on Saturday May 14, as the numbers reached the record-breaking 204 million. That’s up 5 million from last year.
Host country Sweden delivered its largest audience since 2000. 3.6 million viewers watched the show, accounting for 84.7% of Swedish television viewers. 95.3% of the Icelandic viewers tuned for the Grand Final, in spite of Greta’s disqualification. Iceland is commonly known as the most Eurovision-loving country.
Also, 1.5 million people in Ukraine watched the show. About 36.8% of German people watched the contest, making it the largest size of German audience since 2011.
EBU executive producer Jon Ola Sand stated:
” I warmly congratulate SVT on producing 3 spectacular live shows that captivated millions of viewers,” he said. “It was a pleasure to work so closely with their team who totally raised the bar both creatively and technologically and made the 61th Eurovision Song Contest an unforgettable experience for viewers across the globe. We now look forward to building on their great work with next year’s hosts NTU in Ukraine”