ISRAEL (CelebrityAccess) The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, won by Dutch singer Duncan Laurence, was watched by more than 180 million people in 40 markets.
The events, organized by the European Broadcasting Union, had 182 million viewers despite not having a U.S. linear partner, according to Deadline Hollywood. It had an average share of 36.7 percent, which is one percentage point higher than last year’s number. It also received 40 million unique viewers on YouTube from 225 territories during the week of the event.
Nearly 72 percent of the YouTube viewing was by people under the age of 35, according to Deadline.
Because Laurence’s song “Arcade” won the event, it will be hosted in Holland next year. This year, through public broadcaster NPO, Eurovision saw its highest numbers in Holland since 2014 with an average of 4.5 million viewers. In Israel, which hosted this year’s contest, the numbers were up 24 percent with 1.3 million viewers, the highest mark since 2003.