Younger audiences came out in force. On average, 44.8 percent of 15- to 24-year-olds watching TV in the 40 countries saw the final, 8 percent above the 2014 figure and "more than four times the average primetime viewing share of young adults for the same group of channels (11.1 percent)," according to the European Broadcasting Union, the alliance of public service media operators that produces the event.
“We are immensely proud that in its 60th year the Eurovision Song Contest has, once again, proved essential viewing for nearly 200 million people around the world,” said Ingrid Deltenre, director general of the European Broadcasting Union.
Of individual countries, Iceland delivered the largest viewing share, despite not even making it out of the semifinals. Of those watching TV in the country, 95.5 percent tuned in to watch the grand final. Sweden, the winner with the song “Heroes” by Mans Zelmerlow, had the second-highest share with 86.5 percent of viewers.
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In Australia, which had its Eurovision debut as a wild-card entry, 5.7 million watched the show across both live broadcasts and primetime repeats.
Host country Austria saw its largest TV audience of the last decade for the final as 1.7 million people tuned in, accounting for a share of 59.9 percent of TV viewing.
This article originally appeared in THR.com.