The European Broadcasting Union has revealed that 2.6 million viewers watched the final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The EBU has revealed the viewing figures for last years Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Georgia, as preparations begin for this years contest in Minsk. The EBU revealed that an average of 2.6 million viewers across 15 countries watched the competition from Tbilisi. This represents a fall of 1.3 million viewers compared to 2016.
For the second year running Poland was the country with the highest viewing figures, with 866,000 viewers watching the competition, this however was down from 2.8 million viewers the year before. This was however double the average audience for TVP2 in the timeslot in which the contest was broadcast.
The host nation of Georgia saw its highest viewing figures for the contest since 2013, while Armenia also saw more viewers tune in than on average in past five years. Overall the EBU reports that audiences for the competition were on average 55% higher than normal for each respective broadcaster during the time slot.
The reported viewing figures in the past five for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest are:
- 2017 – Tbilisi, Georgia – 2.8 million viewers
- 2016 – Malta – 3.9 million viewers
- 2015 – Bulgaria – 2.7 million viewers
- 2014 – Malta – 3 million viewers
- 2013 – Ukraine – Unknown
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest remains far away from the viewing figures it achieved during its first three years. In 2005 the contest was watched by over 30 million viewers, with Belgium, Greece, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Spain and Sweden all reporting audiences above 1 million viewers. These figures are unlikely to be replicated in the near future due to the contest being moved in many of the competing countries to secondary channels.
The following countries reported their viewing figures for Junior Eurovision 2017 publicly, they are:
- Italy – 37,000 viewers
- Netherlands – 286,000 viewers
- Portugal – 210,000 viewers – 2.1% share
- Ukraine – 161,335 viewers – 1.09% share
Sixteen countries took part in the 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, including returning country Portugal, who hadn’t participated since 2007. The contest took place at the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi, Georgia. This was the first time Georgia had hosted any Eurovision event.