4 million people tuned in to watch the Grand Final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Spain last night.
Spain have recorded their lowest audience viewing figures since the 2017 contest, as 4,071,000 people tuned into La 1 last night, giving the channel a 29.4% audience share which was the highest of the day. Spain was represented by Blas Canto with Voy A Quedarme which finished in 24th place after receiving 6 points from the juries and 0 points from the televote.
With the exception of the 2017 contest, when Spanish interest was low in contestant Manel Navarro, this is the lowest viewing figure for the contest in Spain in the last decade. We have to go back to 2007 to find a lower number when only 3.3 million tuned in to watch D’Nash.
The record still stays with the 2018 edition in Lisbon, when 7.1 million people tuned in to watch the popular Alfred and Amaya, giving a 43.5% audience share.
Source: Eurofestivales (In Spanish) // Image Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
Spain debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 and has competed annually since. Spain has won the contest on two occasions the first being in 1968 and the second time in 1969. 1969 is the only year where more than one song has won the contest. The 1969 contest saw a four-way tie between Spain, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Since 2000 Spain has only managed to finish in the top 10 on five occasions, the last time being in 2014 with Ruth Lorenzo. However, the country has finished 20th or below on eleven occasions, the worst placement being 26th in 2017.