Viewing figures for the first semi final of Eurovision 2017 fell in Spain to record lows with just over 500,000 viewers tuning in.

Last nights semi final in Spain broke records as the least watched live broadcast of a first semi final to date in the country. In total 506,000 viewers tuned into La2 to watch the first semi final of this years Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine. The contest had a share of 2.8%, narrowly exceeding the average share for the channel of 2.7%.

However for the fourth year running the share of viewers watching the first semi final has fallen in Spain. In total 63,000 fewer viewers watched the semi final last night compared to the previous year representing a 11% loss of viewers.


Viewing figures for the first semi final:

  • 2017 – 506,000 – 2.8%
  • 2016 – 569,000 – 3.1%
  • 2015 – 543,000 – 3%
  • 2014 – 625,000 – 3.5%
  • 2013 – Semi Final One Not Broadcast
  • 2012 – 660,000 – 3.8%
  • 2011 – 530,000 – 3%
  • 2010 – 660,000 – 3.8%
  • 2009 – 115,000 – 3.4% (Broadcast was delayed)
  • 2008 – 1,176,000 – 7%

Three songs from last nights semi final have entered the iTunes charts in Spain:

  • Portugal – Salvador Sobral – Amar Pelos Dois – No.29
  • Italy – Francesco Gabbani – Occidentali’s Karma – No.70
  • Belgium – Blanche – City Lights – No.74

Manel Navarro will be representing Spain at this weekends final with “Do It For Your Lover”. He is 20 years old and first rose to fame regionally when he won Catalunya Teen Star in 2014. In 2015 he signed with Sony Music Spain and went on to go viral on Spotify with the song “Candle”, the song went on to be played over 1 million times. Manel won the Spanish selection show Objetivo Eurovision 2017 after tying with Mirela, with a total of 54 points each.

Source: Eurofestivales

Spain debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 and has competed annually since. Spain has won the contest on two occasions the first being in 1968 and the second time in 1969. 1969 is the only year where more than one song has won the contest, the 1969 contest saw a four-way tie between Spain, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Since 2000 Spain has only managed to finish in the top.10 on five occasions, the last time being in 2014 with Ruth Lorenzo. However, the country has finished 20th or below on eight occasions, the worst placement being 25th in 2013.