Viewing figures released this morning revealed that Australia’s SBS has had its lowest viewing figures for a semi final of the contest since 2009.
271,000 people watched the First Semi Final live from Lisbon; down 132,000 from last year’s first semi final (the total views in 2017 was 403,000). This is the lowest figure for a semi-final since the 2009 contest, when 276,000 thousand people watched the Australian rebroadcast. With this viewing figure, SBS faces a difficult challenge to beat its figure for the second semi final last year, with a viewing figure of 350,000.
SBS only managed fifth place in the Australian broadcast rankings; being beaten by three private broadcasters (7, Nine, and Ten), as well as Australia’s other public broadcaster (ABC). The viewing shares for its competitors were 26.7%, 25.9%, 20.7%, and 18.6% respectively, with SBS managing only managing to gain a share of 8.1%.
Eurovision was beaten by Australian MasterChef, Young Sheldon, House Rules, 7:30, and Julia Zemiro’s House Rules. The largest of these, MasterChef, managed a viewing figure of 910,000.
Jessica Mauboy will represent Australia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. She was internally selected by Australian broadcaster SBS, and will sing “We Got Love”.
Jessica is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest, as she performed on the 2014 stage in Copenhagen as the interval act, where she performed her song “Sea of Flags”. Since 2012, she has also headlined numerous tours, and supported the likes of Beyoncé and Chris Brown.
Source: TV Tonight
Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 as part of celebrations marking 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest. Australia has broadcast the contest since 1983 making it the country which watched the contest for the longest period of time before taking part in the contest. In 2016 Australia was represented by Dami Im with the song “Sound of Silence”. She brought Australia 2nd place in the final scoring 511 points, she was just 23 points away from victory.