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)

182 million viewers tuned in to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. 

The European Broadcasting Union has just released this year’s Eurovision song competition viewership data.

This year’s show, which took place in Tel Aviv, drew its largest audience to date with over 180 million viewers tuning in worldwide in over 40 countries to watch the beloved and sometimes tacky event. The Grand Final landed a 36.7% audience share — one percentage point higher than 2018.

The host country, Israel, also drew its largest audience since 2003 with 63.2% viewing share, which is 1.3 million viewers. The largest national audience title goes to Germany for the ninth year in a row with an overall average of 7.6 million viewers.

The Netherlands drew the country’s largest audience in five years. Dutch singer Duncan Laurence took home the grand prize with his song “Arcade,” bringing the Netherlands’ first win in 44 years.