In France a total of 1.1 million viewers followed France 2’s coverage of Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light.
France 2 was the fourth most watched channel on French television last night, as Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light was broadcast. Stephane Bern presented a night of Eurovision titled ‘La grande soirée de l’Eurovision’. The show in its entirety was followed on average by 1.17 million viewers and had a viewing share of 7.5%.
Last nights show was watched by an audience less than a quarter of that of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. France 3 topped the ratings yesterday evening with ‘Crime dans l’Hérault’ which was seen by 6.487 million viewers.
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.