SRF the German language broadcaster in Switzerland has revealed their viewing figures for the Eurovision Song Contest.
SRF opted only to broadcast the Grand Final and Semi-Final Two live for viewers, with only highlights of Semi-Final One being show. The highlights from the first Semi-Final were show in the hour before the second Semi-Final on Thursday with a total of 90,000 viewers watching the show. The second Semi-Final was watched by 223,000 viewers representing a market share of 18%, the show was the most watched broadcast on SRF Zwei.
The number of viewers who tuned in to watch the Grand Final increased by 49,000 viewers, however the show did not perform well on SRF 1. In total 272,000 viewers on average watched the Grand Final representing a market share of 24.2%. The final was beaten in the ratings by Potzmusig as well as the Evening News and weather which received just short of double the number of viewers.
Switzerland were represented by Timebelle in the second Semi-Final of Eurovision 2017, they finished 12th just 4 points away from qualifying for the final. Switzerland finished 10th on the televote with 49 points and 11th with the juries on 48 points. The result represents Switzerland’s best result since qualifying for the final in 2014.
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Switzerland hosted the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, a contest that they won with Lys Assia and the song “Refrain”. Switzerland didn’t win the contest again until 1988, when in Dublin they were represented by Celine Dion with “Ne partez pas sans moi”. She beat the United Kingdom’s Scott Fitzgerald to victory, winning by just 1 point. In recent years Switzerland has struggled at the contest, finishing last five times since 2004.