The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 was broadcast on 24 November from Arena Gliwice in Poland. The spectacular event attracted its biggest audience since 2006 and its second-highest on record.
11.6 million viewers enjoyed the 17th annual Contest, which lived up to its slogan “Share The Joy”. The audience for this year’s event, hosted for the first time by Polish EBU Member TVP, was up 240% on 2018 (3.4 million viewers). The highest ratings were delivered by hosts and winners Poland, who set a record by becoming the first country to win two successive Contests and the first to triumph on home soil.
In Russia, 2.2 million viewers saw the show – its best JESC audience since 2011. RTVE in Spain delivered the third-largest JESC audience with 1.4 million viewers on La 1 following their return to the competition after 12 years. France Televisions’ third JESC participation delivered an audience of 1.0 million viewers on France 2, slightly below their 2018 audience of 1.2 million viewers. The Contest has also been viewed 1.3 million times to date on the official YouTube channel.
Overall, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest provided a huge audience boost to EBU Members and Associates taking part, reflected in the record 3.77 million valid votes cast. The show delivered an 11.4% viewing share for children aged 4 -14 years old, 81% higher than the average. For viewers aged 15 – 24 years, the JESC saw a 10.5% viewing share up 142% from the average.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest’s social channels also proved popular. Instagram followers increased 78% during the event week with nearly 10 million unique views on Instastories. On Twitter, engagement was up 59%, and content from the event made 2.5 million impressions on Facebook.