The EBU has today announced that 70 million people watched the final live two weeks ago, from Dusseldorf Germany. In total all three shows were watched by 114.5 million people which is 9 million more than in 2010, this is due to increased interest from countries like the United Kingdom and Ireland who turned their poor run around getting onto the left hand side of the board. On top of these viewing figures the contest was also broadcast on 15 national radio channels and online with the online screening of the show getting 0.8 million views. Semi Final 1 was watched by 24.8 million and Semi Final 2 by 19.7 million.
In a eurovision.tv article Jon Ola Sand said “The Eurovision Song Contest doesn’t only stand for 7,5 hours of high-quality live entertainment, it is also a ratings success across Europe. Several broadcasters saw old records crushed, reporting to the EBU massive viewer interest,” He went on to say “There is something magical about having so many people across Europe and around the world doing the same thing at the same time,””We saw a significant increase in social media activity this year, with almost 400,000 registered fans on Facebook and several global trending topics on Twitter during the live shows. This means a lot to us, since we are eager to involve a new generation of dedicated viewers with the Eurovision Song Contest,” says Sietse Bakker, Event Supervisor of the contest and responsible for new media.
So for all involved it looks as if Eurovision 2010 was a complete triumph, lets see what Azerbaijan can do to top that now.