A record 541,000 viewers across Australia woke up at 5am to watch the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 live.
Over the course of this week over 3 million Australian viewers have either watched live or on delay the semi-finals and final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Managing Director of SBS revealed that 541,000 viewers watch Saturday night’s Grand Final live in Australia, with a further 1.1 million viewers tuning in for the delayed broadcast on Sunday evening.
The viewing figures for the delayed broadcasts of the shows in the Big Five markets of Australia were as follows.
- Semi-Final One – 403,000 viewers – 14th most watched show of the day
- Semi-Final Two – 350,000 viewers – 8th most watched show of the day
- Grand Final – 308,000 viewers – 17th most watched show of the day
The Big Five markets consist of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, these five cities make up 63.78% of the population of Australia.
Isaiah Firebrace qualified for the Grand Final from the first semi-final with the song “Don’t Come Easy”. He however was saved from non-qualification by the the juries, with whom he finished 2nd with 139 points. The public in contrast placed him 15th on the televote with just 21 points. In the Grand Final, Australia finished fourth with the juries on 171 points, but received just 2 points from Denmark on the televote, this left them 9th overall with 173 points.
Source: Michael Ebeid
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Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 as part of celebrations marking 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest. Australia has broadcast the contest since 1983 making it the country which watched the contest for the longest period of time before taking part in the contest. In 2016 Australia was represented by Dami Im with the song “Sound of Silence”. She brought Australia 2nd place in the final scoring 511 points, she was just 23 points away from victory.