Viewing figures for the Eurovision Song Contest final are the lowest in the Czech Republic since their return to the contest in 2015.
ESCPortal.cz reports that less than 200,000 viewers followed any part of this years contest, following Martina Barta failing to qualify for the final on Tuesday night. The viewing audience for this years contest peaked at 188,000 viewers at 22:00 CET, but never managed to surpass 200,000 viewers. Across the course of the night viewing figures stayed at around 120,000 to 155,000 viewers.
The viewing figures for this years contest in the Czech Republic are as follows:
- Semi-Final One – 145,000 viewers
- Semi-Final Two – 101,000 viewers
- Grand Final – Less than 200,000 viewers
Viewing figures for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in previous years were as follows:
- 2016 – 336,000 viewers (Czech Republic Qualified)
- 2015 – 232,000 viewers
Martina Bárta finished 13th in the first semi-final scoring a total of 83 points. Had it be decided by the jury only the Czech Republic would have qualified in 7th place with 81 points, however Martina finished last on the televote with 2 points.
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The Czech Republic debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 with the band Kabát and the song “Malá dáma”, they finished last in the semi-final scoring just 1 point from Estonia. The country went on to participate for a further two years before withdrawing from the contest after the 2009 edition in Moscow where Gipsy.cz scored nul points. In 2016 the Czech Republic qualified for their first final, Gabriela Guncikova finished 25th in the final with the song “I Stand”.