ESC 2013 Unites Viewers Worldwide
In 24 of the 36 countries, more than a third of the population viewed the two Semi-Finals and the Final of the Contest; in eight of those countries, more than half the population tuned in, with interest peaking for Saturday night's Final. An average audience of 54.6 million watched the Final.
In the Nordic countries, the Final was watched by two-thirds of the available audience. The market share for Denmark, whose public service broadcaster DR will host next year's Contest, leapt by more than 50 per cent to almost 80 per cent – 1.7 million viewers in total. The market share for host broadcaster SVT was 84.9 per cent, its best result since 2003.
The biggest increase was registered in the Netherlands, which reached the Final for the first time since 2004. More than 4.8 million viewers in the Netherlands saw singer-songwriter Anouk, who finished ninth – 3.7 million more than in 2012.
Overall, the Eurovision Song Contest final achieved an average market share of 38.3 per cent, 160 per cent more than the average peak time market share of around 15 per cent. The average market share among ESC finalist countries was 47.4 per cent – a massive 187 per cent more than the average peak time market share in those countries.
The show proved slightly more popular among women (57 percent) than men (43 per cent).
Thirty-nine public broadcasters participated in the 2013 contest, which was transmitted live over the EUROVISION and EURORADIO networks via Swedish EBU Member SVT.
The complete list of 39 competitors in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest:
Albania (RTSH), Austria (ORF), Armenia (AMPTV), Azerbaijan (Ictimai TV), Belarus (BTRC), Belgium (RTBF), Bulgaria (BNT), Croatia (HRT), Cyprus (CyBC), Denmark (DR), Estonia (ERR), Finland (YLE), France (France3), Georgia (GPB), Germany (NDR), Greece (ERT), Hungary (MTV), Iceland (RÚV), Ireland (RTÉ), Israel (IBA), Italy (RAI), Latvia (LTV), Lithuania (LRT), FYR Macedonia (MKRTV), Malta (PBS), Moldova (TRM), Montenegro (RTCG), the Netherlands (TROS), Norway (NRK), Romania (TVR), Russia (C1R), San Marino (SMTV), Serbia (RTS), Slovenia (RTVSLO), Spain (TVE), Sweden (SVT), Switzerland (SRG SSR), Ukraine (NTU) and United Kingdom (BBC).
About the Eurovision Song Contest
The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition for Members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which are the public broadcasters in their respective countries.
The first contest was held in Lugano, Switzerland, in 1956. Since then, the contest has become a true European tradition.
EUROVISION, operated by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), is the industry's premier distributor and producer of top quality live sport and news, as well as entertainment, culture and music content.
The EUROVISION satellite and fibre network is the largest and most reliable in the world directly plugged in to public service media everywhere.
EUROVISION's staff of experienced media professionals acquire and manage media rights on behalf of EBU Members, and provide network, transmission and events services to the broadcasting industry.