The European Broadcasting Union has revealed the semi-finals and Grand Final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest attracted an audience of 161 million viewers.
Across the EBU’s 34 measured markets, the event saw an increase of 7 million viewers compared to 2021.
Host country Italy saw its biggest audience on record (since 2011 when they re-joined the ESC), up 53 per cent compared to 2021, with an average audience of 6.6 million viewers, accounting for 41.9 per cent of TV viewing in the country.
In Iceland, Eurovision attracted a staggering 96/4 per cent viewing share, followed by Norway 89.1 per cent, Sweden 81.4 per cent and Finland 72.1 per cent.
Spain and the UK saw their biggest audiences in over a decade. In Spain, 6.8 million viewers on average watched Eurovision, up 86 per cent on 2021, the event’s highest audience since 2008.
The United Kingdom delivered the largest audience of all markets in 2022 with 8.9 million viewers watching the Grand Final, up 20 per cent on 2021.
“We couldn’t be happier to see the success of the Eurovision Song Contest across all our members’ channels and on our digital platforms this year,” said Eurovision’s executive supervisor Martin Österdahl.
“Once again, we have seen the enormous popularity of the Contest among young audiences, some of whom are discovering the event for the first time. The Eurovision Song Contest truly has global appeal demonstrated by the millions watching in every territory on earth and millions more interacting on social media.”