Over 100 million saw Eurovision 2012
A total of 64 million people watched the Grand Final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest broadcast from Baku, Azerbaijan. The event with contestants from 42 countries was won by Loreen representing Sweden with the song Euphoria.
The first Semi-Final was seen by 19,4 million viewers across Europe and the second Semi-Final by 19,6 million viewers. The Final on the 26th of May had 63,9 million viewers.
This means that a total of 102,9 million saw the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest which was broadcast live from Baku, Azerbaijan and hosted by the Azerbaijani broadcaster Ictimai TV.
The numbers were up in most of the participating countries and the average ratings share was considerably higher for the Grand Final compared to a year ago - an average of 37%. This is much higher than the average market share for public broadcasters on a Saturday night.
"We're happy that the Eurovision Song Contest is still a huge ratings success, being one of the top shows for the participating broadcasters every year," said Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest. "We're also very grateful for Ictimai TV for hosting three wonderful shows in May."
Last year, the Final of the contest was seen by 70 million viewers, in 2010 69 million, 73 million in 2009 and 64 million in 2008.