The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest was watched by 195 million people across the globe. This figure is an increase of nearly 10% over the 2013 contest. This comes despite the contest having only 37 competing countries compared to 39 countries in 2013. In the final at any moment a total of 61 million people were watching the contest up 2 million on 2013.
Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest told Eurovision.tv that:
These numbers show that the Eurovision Song Contest is very much alive across Europe, and that our audience is getting younger. This is crucial for the long-term success of the contest and important for the contestants
The figures released today count any viewer who watched the contest for at least 1 minute in the final or two semi finals. This year was also significant in seeing New Zealand for the first time broadcasting the contest live, as well as later this month Canada broadcasting the contest for the first time.