Jedward Eurovision mania nets 1.1m TV viewers, 1m online hits

16 May 2011

Zany twins Jedward left a lasting impression on the nation Saturday night attracting the highest Eurovision audience in 15 years.

According to RTE Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest lasted three and a half hours and was watched in its entirety by an average if 1,174,300 viewers – the highest viewing figure since 1997.

The audience peaked from 10.30-10.45pm when an average of 1,456,360 people watched the voting scores come from around Europe. Jedward came 8th in the contest, the highest result for Ireland in 11 years. Overall, the programme reached a total of 2,244,600 viewers.


“These figures are phenomenal,” said Julian Vignoles, head of the Irish Delegation.

“Jedward undoubtedly brought a new energy to the Eurovision Song Contest. 71pc of 15-24 year olds watched the programme in total – the highest audience share for this age group of any programme on any channel in Ireland since 2002.”

An average of 757,700 watched the two-hour semi-finals on Thursday and this peaked at 1.135 million viewers on average between 9.45pm and 10pm when Ireland’s Jedward were confirmed as wining through to the final. reported over one million page impressions across RTÉ’s online and mobile platforms since the beginning of May.