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Viewing figures: Almost 41% of the population of Iceland watched Söngvakeppnin 2022 1st semifinal

The first semi-final of Söngvakeppnin 2022 took place last Saturday, where we could see the first batch of participants of this year’s edition.

Iceland’s RÚV held this Saturday the first of the three shows of Söngvakeppnin 2022, which will culminate with the election of the country’s next representative at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin.

In last Saturday’s show Sigga, Beta & Elín and Stefán Óli won the golden ticket to the grand final on 12 March. The other three semi-finalists Amarosis, Haffi Haff and Stefanía Svavarsdóttir were eliminated from the competition.


A few days after the first semi-final of the competition, Gallup Iceland has provided us with the first audience figures for this year’s Söngvakeppnin(in Iceland, not all channels are included and the market share figures are not accurate)

The first semi-final of Söngvakeppnin 2022 was watched by an average of 106,000 viewers in its 94 minutes on RÚV1, the Icelandic public broadcaster’s first channel.

This means that on average 40.9% of the total population of Iceland watched the first semi-final of the Eurovision 2022 semi-final on Saturday night, which will choose the representative for Eurovision 2022.

The show had a reach of 137,000 viewers. At the most watched moment of the night 53.2% of the total Icelandic population was following the national final.

Compared to the song presentation of the 2022 edition, held on Saturday 5 February, the first Söngvakeppnin show was up 18,000 viewers and 6.9 rating points.

Compared to the 2020 edition (Söngvakeppning wasn’t held in 2021), the first semi-final lost 2,000 viewers (in 2021 it was watched by 108,000 viewers) and dropped 1.9 rating points (in 2021 it scored 42.8%).

You can review Söngvakeppnin’s viewing figures since 2016 in the graph below: (to change the year simply click on the drop-down):

Eurovision, Viewing Figures

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