It was revealed that 524,000 viewers tuned in for the second semi final in Spain, taking a 3.1% share of the television audience.
The show was broadcast by TVE through their secondary channels La 2 and La 2 HD. These figures mean they lost 222,000 viewers compared to the first semi final on Tuesday. However this is still a big improvement on the programming on the same slot the previous week which only had 189,000 views.
The decline in viewers was to be expected due to the fact that Spanish viewers could not vote in this semi final. In addition, Spain’s entry “Tu cancion” by Amaia y Alfred was previewed at the end of Tuesday’s show.
This is the highest ratings Spain has received in the second semi final over the last four years. This year they took an increase of 63,000 viewers on last year’s second semi final.
Amaia y Alfred were selected to represent Spain through the Eurovision Gala of Operación Triunfo. Amaia went on to win the show outright the following week. She will be the first winner of Operación Triunfo to represent Spain since Rosa López, who represented Spain in 2002.
As a member of the Big Five, Spain are directly qualified for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. The country joins France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the host nation of Portugal as directly qualifying for the final.
Spain debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 and has competed annually since. Spain has won the contest on two occasions the first being in 1968 and the second time in 1969. 1969 is the only year where more than one song has won the contest, the 1969 contest saw a four-way tie between Spain, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Since 2000 Spain has only managed to finish in the top.10 on five occasions, the last time being in 2014 with Ruth Lorenzo. However, the country has finished 20th or below on nine occasions, the worst placement being 26th in 2017.