Eurovision 2016 Viewing Figures: How many watched in your country?

by Gil Laufer 228 views2

The viewing figures of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 are now being released in the various countries, and information regarding more than half of the participating countries is already available.

There are three types of data included in viewing figures information:

  • Rating (RT, %): The percentage of the total population of the country that watched the Eurovision Song Contest
  • Market Share (MS, %): The percentage that watched the Eurovision Song Contest out of the people watching TV at the country at the same time
  • Viewers (in Thousands): Approximate amount of viewers

Taking a look at the market share, we can see that the highest figures come from Sweden with 84.7%. Also tops the list are Belgium with 73.5%, Cyprus with 67.1% and The Netherlands with 66%. In most of the countries, the general interest of the Eurovision Song Contest this year was higher than in previous years, breaking records especially in the Big 5 countries.

Here is the full viewing figures report for the available data. For some countries there is missing information due to one of the semifinals not being broadcasted or due to low interest, which made the program to not appear on the charts. Information regarding more countries will be added when possible. The data corresponds to TV viewers only, and does not include online viewers.

Country
Semifinal 1 Semifinal 2 Final
RT MS Viewers  RT MS Viewers RT MS Viewers
Australia SBS 407
Austria ORF 8.9 29 650 4.95 16 362 14.9 51.5 1085
Belgium RTBF 32.6 406
Belgium VRT 10.7 30.3 640 16.6 46.3 997 25.5 73.5 1532
Cyprus CyBC 13.5 35.1 107 18.9 67.1 150
Denmark DR 438 681 711
Finland YLE 1188 607 1392
France FTV  2.4  533 2.3 482 28.5 4970
Georgia GPB 1.13 4.29 39 3.45 13.7 119 3.84 33.19 132
Germany NDR 36.8 9330
Greece ERT 9.4 22.8 953 10.3 30.9 1039
Hungary MTVA 12.2 415 6.7 232 21.2 640
Iceland RÚV  55.5  73.3 181 36.2 56 137 62.2 78 191
Israel IBA 10.3 20.4 822 18 41 1440
Italy RAI 1.35 355 16.94 3300
Norway NRK 923 889
Poland TVP 10.18 3626 41.66 5100
Portugal RTP 12.7 505
Slovenia RTVSLO 5.5 14 108 9.6 23 188 10.6 34 207
Spain TVE 29.8 4292
Sweden SVT 14.8 1391 15.6 1462 38.6 84.7 3632
Switzerland RTS 8.9 40
Switzerland SRF 12.1 143 16.6 233 29.1 329
The Netherlands NPO 18.7 46.7 2916 7.9 23.6 1232 27.3 66 4254
United Kingdom BBC 37.20 7100

According to the rough calculation of the figures above, more than 75 million people were watching the three Eurovision shows in these countries. Last year, a total of 197 million people watched the Eurovision Song Contest live, and the number is expected to reach a total of more than 200 million viewers. An official statement by the EBU should be released within the following weeks.

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  • E.

    What is the source of the figures in Georgia and Switzerland?

  • Musichead2468

    Where are the figures for Russia?