Viewing figures for Eurovision 2015 reach 197 million
The audience for the Eurovision Song Contest keeps expanding. With the 60th edition of the contest, hosted in Vienna, the massive entertainment show has again beaten the viewing figures of the previous year.
This was revealed when the EBU released the total viewing figures of this year’s contest.
Between the first and second semi-finals, and the Grand Final, the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest reached an estimated 197 million people in 40 countries.
This is up from the 195 million that were estimated to have watched the contest last year, when Conchita Wurst won in Copenhagen. Before that, the Malmö edition of the contest in 2013 attracted 170 million viewers.
The Director General of the EBU, Ingrid Deltenre, was of course happy with the numbers. “We are immensely proud that in its 60th year the Eurovision Song Contest has, once again, proved essential viewing for nearly 200 million people around the world.”
“The ratings for this year’s excellent co-production with EBU Member Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) show that public service broadcasters are delivering the top quality entertainment that their audiences want to see and that after 60 years the Eurovision Song Contest still has the power to unite viewers of all ages across the globe,” she said to Eurovision.tv.
Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, was very happy with how Austrian host broadcaster handled the big responsibility. “I warmly congratulate ORF on producing 3 spectacular live shows,” he said to Eurovsision.tv. “It was a pleasure to work so closely with their team who put all their energies into making the 60th Eurovision Song Contest so special. We now look forward to building on their great work with next year’s hosts SVT in Sweden.”
Nobody beats Iceland
Of course, host country Austria contributed with their best viewing figures for the contest in a decade. Of the Austrian people watching TV on the night of the Grand Final, 59,9 % of them were watching Eurovision.
This year’s winning country Sweden had 85,6 % of its TV-viewing residents watching Måns Zelmerlöw win the Grand Final, but nothing beats Eurovision-loving Iceland.
Even though María Oláfs did not make it to the Grand Final, the first time Iceland failed to qualify since 2007, a staggering 95,5 % of TV-viewers were tuned in to watch the Swedish victory.
For debut country Australia, the participation meant that the viewing figures were up 27 % downunder, reaching 5,7 million people with the live broadcasts and reruns.