Eurovision remains unstoppable in Iceland with the all three live shows topping the most watched shows of the past week.
A total of 162,000 viewers watched the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest as Svala competed to bring Iceland back to the final, in total 95% of viewers watched the first semi-final. Svala failed to qualify from the first semi-final with her song “Paper” finishing 15th with a total of 60 points. As a result of Iceland’s non-qualification ratings were down for the final with 153,000 viewers watching the contest, however this was a 97.5% share of viewers at the time in Iceland.
The overall viewing figures for the three shows were as follows:
- Semi-Final One – 162,000 viewers – 65.8% rating
- Semi-Final Two – 99,000 viewers – 40.2% rating
- Grand Final – 153,000 viewers – 61.8% rating
Compared to 2016 viewing figures overall were down 38,000 viewers for the Grand Final. Iceland is one of a number of countries reporting falls in their viewing figures this year including Estonia, Sweden and Austria.
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Iceland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 and has participated annually every year since. The contest is incredibly popular in Iceland, regularly being one of the most-watched programmes of the year. Iceland has yet to win the contest but has finished 2nd twice in the contest. In 1999, Selma missed out on victory in Jerusalem by 17 points. In 2009, Johanna became the most successful Icelandic entrant ever finishing 2nd in the final with the song “Is it True?”, scoring 218 points; this, however, was still 169 points behind the winners Norway.