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France: 1.8 Million Viewers Watched Destination Eurovision Final

1.8 million viewers watched last night in France as the the final of Destination Eurovision took place live from Paris.

France Televisions reports that the show at its peak reached 3.3 million viewers with a market share of 24.4%. However over the course of the show just 1.8 million viewers watched as France held their first Eurovision selection process in four years.

The show was watched by 1,795,000 viewers, representing a fall of 253,000 viewers over last weeks second semi-final. Viewing figures for the show have fallen consistently by hundreds of thousands of viewers over the course of the three shows. Share of viewers also fell from 10.7% last week to 8,9%.

The show remained the fell to the fourth most watched program on a Saturday night, and was significantly outperformed by the offerings of TF1 and France 3:

  1. The Voice – 6,380,000 – 30.7% share (TF1)
  2. Cassandre – 3,999,000 – 17.7% share (France 3)
  3. Hawai 5-0 – 2,158,000 viewers – 9.4% share (M6)
  4. Destination Eurovision 2018 – 1,795,000 – 8.9% share (France 2)
  5. Eschappes Belles – 950,000 – 4.2% (France 5)

Madame Monsieur were selected to represent France with the song “Mercy”. Following tense voting from the international juries and the French public, Madame Monsieur topped the public voting beating Lisandro Cuxi by 24 points to victory in the contest. The full results are as follows:

  • Madame Monsieur – “Mercy”- 186 (118 + 68)
  • Lisandro Cuxi – “Eva” – 152 (62 + 90)
  • Malo’ – “Ciao” – 117 (89 + 28)
  • Emmy Liyana – “OK ou KO” – 112 (30 + 82)
  • IGIT – “Lisboa Jérusalem” – 110 (50 + 60)
  • Max Cinnamon – “Ailleurs” – 90 (36 + 54)
  • Nassi – “Rêves de gamin”- 48 (18 + 30)
  • Louka – “Mamma Mia” – 15 (7 + 8)

Source: OZAP

France in the Eurovision Song Contest

France was one of seven countries to participate in the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. Since then they have participated in every contest aside from 1974 and 1982. Their withdrawal in 1974 was caused by the death of President Georges Pompidou, while 1982’s withdrawal was a result of TF1 declining to enter the contest. France has won the contest on five occasions, the most recent being in 1977 when Marie Myriam performed “L’oiseau et l’enfant”. France’s best result of the 2000s came in 2001 when Natasha St-Pier finished 4th in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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