Over 195 million people watched the Eurovision Song Contest this year, as Austria’s Conchita Wurst claimed victory for Austria.
This represents a rise of around 10% from last years contest in Sweden, which was watched by almost 180 million people across the world.
The Grand Final had an average of 61 million viewers, compared to 55 million in 2013. This year also saw a rise in market share amongst young adults with 41.6% compared to 39.8% last year.
The contest proved particularly popular in the host country Denmark, the top two placing countries, Austria and the Netherlands, as well as the UK who all enjoyed their biggest market share for the Eurovision Song Contest in the last ten years.
As well as broadcasting throughout Europe, the contest also broadcasts in Australia and as of this year, it also reaches New Zealand and Canada.
The executive producer for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, Pernille Gaardbo, said that the viewing figures were even better than the host broadcaster, DR, were expecting.
For the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, we invited viewers and fans to #JoinUs – and we’re so happy that they did. On behalf of the entire team at DR, I’m proud to say that we have surpassed our own expectations for reach.
Next year the Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place in Austria after Conchita Wurst claimed Austria’s second victory in the contest. She won with her entry Rise like a phoenix – beating off competition from the Netherlands, Sweden and Armenia.
A decision on the host city and venue for 2015 is expected in the coming months.