An average of 1.6 million people watched the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday evening. That is a lot for a semi-final in which the Netherlands did not participate, reports the Stichting KijkOnderzoek (SKO) after a further analysis of the viewing figures. In this semi-final, Jérémie Makiese, among others, managed to qualify for the final on Saturday on behalf of Belgium.
Although many more people watched the semifinals of 2021 with 2.7 million and 2.9 million viewers, this was due to excessive interest, according to SKO, because the event was organized in the Netherlands that year. If 2021 is not included, only the semi-final without the Netherlands in 2014 attracted more viewers. At that time, an average of 1.7 million people watched. The Dutch entry at the time was The Common Linnets, which eventually took second place.
The first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest was seen by an average of 2.2 million people on Tuesday. The highlight was the performance of S10, when according to SKO about 3 million people had tuned in to the song festival. The peak in viewership during the second semifinal was Thursday at 10.11 pm, when 1.9 million people watched.
The most watched final evening since 2002, the year in which SKO started keeping numbers, was in 2021. 5.4 million people watched the grand final in Rotterdam. Next Saturday, the Netherlands will also be in the final again. S10 is then the eleventh turn with her song De Diepte.