Eurovision Song Contest Watched by 182 Million Viewers

2nd placed in 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki, Verka Serduchka of Ukraine, performing during the final dress rehearsal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Photo by Antti Aimo-Koivisto/REX/Shutterstock (10239831b)

The European Broadcasting Union released its 2019 Eurovision song contest viewership data, and we’re talking big numbers.

This year’s Grand Final of the Eurovision competition drew its largest audience yet with 182 million viewers tuning in worldwide in over 40 countries to watch the beloved competition.

The Grand Final achieved a 36.7% audience share, which was one percentage point higher than last year’s contest. 

This year’s audience was also the competitions youngest yet — 45.3% of viewers were aged 15 to 24, which is 2 percentage points higher than 2018.

Winning country the Netherlands drew the country’s largest audience in five years with an overall average of 4.5 million viewers. Dutch singer Duncan Laurence took home the grand prize with his song “Arcade,” bringing the Netherland’s first win in 44 years.

For a ninth year in a row, Germany drew the biggest audience with 7.6 million viewers.

Israel, the competition’s host, received a 63.2% viewing share with 1.3 million viewers, making it the biggest audience for the contest in the country since 2003.