An average of 544,000 viewers followed Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light on Eén this past Saturday.
In Belgium 554,000 viewers watched on Eén as Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light was broadcast live from Hilversum, the Netherlands. The show was the sixth most watched program broadcast on Flemish television on Saturday. Overall 25% of the viewing audience at the time watched the show.
Ratings reported so far for Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light are as follows:
- Australia – 98,000 viewers
- Austria – 235,000 viewers – 8% share
- Belgium (VRT) – 544,000 viewers – 25% share
- Finland – 163,000 viewers
- France – 1,170,000 viewers – 7.5% share
- Germany – 1,640,000 viewers – 7.6% share
- Greece – ~250,000 viewers – 6.2% share
- Italy – 2,753,000 viewers – 11.05% share
- Netherlands – 2,370,000 viewers – 34.9% share
- Portugal – 488,000 – 9.7% share
- Spain – 1,262,000 viewers – 7.2% share
Image Source: Capitole Gent / Source: Songfestival.be
Belgium was one of the original seven nations to participate in the first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. To date, the country has won the contest only once in 1986. Sandra Kim won the contest with the song “J’aime la vie”, her victory was not without controversy when it emerged that Sandra was just 13 years old, two years younger than the age restriction at the time. In the late 00s, Belgium struggled in the contest failing to reach the final annually from 2005 until 2010, when Tom Dice finished 6th in the final with 143 points. Belgium has finished last at the contest six times, including two sets of nul points.