That was an increase on 2012 (531,000), 2011 (503,000) and 2010 (366,000) and lifted the SBS to double digits -it’s biggest share of the year- with the primary channel share knocking on the doors of ABC1 and TEN.
The show was also a social media hit, over the weekend #sbseurovision was trending #1 worldwide.
Director of TV and Online Content, Tony Iffland said: “This year marked SBS’s 30th year broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest and I am thrilled that this is also our most successful Eurovision broadcast to date. SBS continues to lead the way in multi-platform event viewing, with extensive 3 day coverage of Eurovision across on-air, online and radio as well as live social media integration into the broadcast.”
Over the weekend the #SBSEurovision hash tag received over 180,000 tweets with an average of 330 tweets per minute during the broadcasts. The #SBSEurovision hash tag was trending worldwide on Friday night during semi-final one.
The SBS Eurovision website received 188,943 visits this month, with its peak on Sunday with 63,435 visits.
Elsewhere 60 Minutes soared to 1.7m and The Kath and Kim Kountdown bombed with just 678,000.
But the night belonged to Nine.
Nine network share was 31.3% then Seven 27.3%, TEN 16.0%, ABC 14.0% and SBS 11.4%.
60 Minutes had its best numbers all year with 1.7m viewers for Nine then Nine News (1.58m), The Block (1.52m), House Husbands (1.18m), CSI (680,000) and CSI Miami (263,000).
Seven News was best for Seven with 1.42m then A Place to Call Home (1.15m), Sunday Night (1.14m), while The Kath & Kim Kountdown bombed with just 678,000. Lewis was 422,000.
The Biggest Loser was TEN’s best at 728,000 then Elementary (697,000), Modern Family (671,000), Bondi Rescue (535,000), TEN News (506,000), The Simpsons (430,000), and Graham Norton (356,000).
ABC News (904,000) led ABC1 followed by the season finals for Doctor Who (812,000) and Call the Midwife (785,000), Compass was 393,000, The Boffin the Builder and the Bombardier was 390,000, Parkinson: Masterclass was 265,000 and Antique Masters was 255,000.
On SBS ONE it was all about Eurovision (595,000). World News Australia was 210,000.
Doc Martin (284,000) topped multichannels on 7TWO.
Insiders: 179,000 / 82,000 / 47,000
Financial Review Sunday: 176,000
The Bolt Report: 132,000
Meet the Press: 73,000 / 95,000
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 19 May 2013