While waiting for an official worldwide number, some national broadcasters have already revealed the viewing figures of the 59th Eurovision Song contest. 2014 has also been a very successful year for the contest so far.[Denmark] In the host country, Denmark, 2.4 million viewers watched the contest representing a staggering 89% of market share. It is the best figure for the contest since 2001 when Denmark last hosted the show.[Sweden] Sanna Nielsen being a strong favourite, helped the contest to maintain its strong results from last year with 3.4 million viewers, representing 83.2%[Norway] Norway had 1.4 people in front of the contest, representing 77.3% but with a decrease of 6.7 % from last year and favourite Margaret Berger.[The Netherlands] The Common Linnets have managed to keep the figures high since Anouk’ success last year with 5.1 million people in front of their TV, representing 65% of market share.[United Kingdom] An average 8.8 million people watched the contest on BBC1, peaking at 10.6 million during the results and 10.1 million to watch Molly’s performance. 41.9% of market shares (+1 million viewers from last year and the best result for the contest since 2011 when Blue flew the flag for the UK)[Slovenia] A place in the final for Slovenia saw its figures doubles with 324K viewers, for 47% of the market shares, an increase of 17%.[Portugal] Although Suzy failed to qualify for the final, finishing 11th, one point away from the qualification, 541 500 viewers were in front of the contest, representing 13.5%[Spain] Despite a slight decrease of 200K viewers, the contest increased its viewing share by 2.1%, representing 35.2%.[Greece] Although there’s been a 11.2% decrease in the market share, 2.1 million people watched the contest, still representing a strong 55.7%.[France] The contest suffered another year against the final of entertainment show The Voice with 2.6 million people watching a show representing 13.6%.[Italy] The whole Eurovision family is happy to have Italy back but RAI still struggled to meet high figures, only 1.7 million people watched the show representing 8.8% of viewers.[Israel] The contest has more than doubled its viewing figures for both semi-Finals and the final despite Israel’s absence has significantly improved from last year.
Last and certainly not least:[Austria] 1.3 million people saw Conchita’s victory, representing an increase of 900K and 54.4% of market shares. A huge success not only for Conchita but for the contest as well.