The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was the second most-watched TV show of the year in Portugal.
It has been reported that on average 1,401,000 viewers tuned in to the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Portugal. Not including sports broadcasts, this makes the contest the second most watched TV show of the year in Portugal. The first most watched show was TVI’s Kitchen Nightmare, with an average of 1.5 million viewers.
Including sports programmes, the last qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup featuring Portugal and Switzerland brought in an average of 2.4 million viewers, making this show the most watched in the year 2017.
Portugal won the Eurovision Song Contest last year in Kyiv, Ukraine. Salvador Sobral took the victory with his song “Amar Pelos Dois”, which was performed entirely in Portuguese. In the Grand Final, he ended with 758 points. This is the first time that Portugal has won the contest.
Portuguese capital Lisbon will be hosting the 2018 contest in the Altice Arena. The contest will consist of two semi-finals on the 8th and 10th May, with the Grand Final taking place on the 12th May. A total of 43 countries will participate, including returning country Russia. Host country Portugal will decide on their entry in March.
Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964 represented by António Calvário, the country finished last scoring nul points. Prior to 2016, the best result of Portugal in the contest was 6th place. This 6th place came in 1996 when Lúcia Moniz performed “O meu coração não tem cor” on stage in Oslo, Norway. She scored 92 points receiving 12 points from both Norway and Cyprus. Since their debut in 1964 Portugal has missed a total of five contests, the latest being in 2016. After their spectacular win last May, in Kyiv, Portugal will host the 2018 edition of the contest in the capital, Lisbon.