The broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Final 2018 from Lisbon on RTP was the most watched programme of the day on Portuguese television.
An estimated 1.547 million viewers on average followed the show which was a 34.9% audience share. A high point of 50.2% was reached as the votes were revealed in the Altice Arena. RTP’s post-Eurovision show continued to hold the lead against the other Portuguese channels.
RTP also topped the rating for each of the semi-finals. Tuesday’s first semi-final received over 1 million viewers whilst Thursday’s second semi-final saw a respectable average audience of 970,000. It had a 22.6% share of the viewing audience, being the most watched programme throughout the broadcast.
The figures for the final are roughly equivalent to the figures achieved in 2017 when Salvador Sobral won the contest for Portugal for the first time. An average of 1.4 million Portuguese viewers watched the Kyiv final, accounting for 32.5% of TV viewing in Portugal.
Interest in Eurovision in Portugal has certainly increased since the victory of Amar Pelos Dois, with the 2018 national selection Festival da Canção reaching its largest audience since 2012.
The Portuguese entry in Lisbon finished last in the Grand Final. Claudia Pascoal’s O jardim picked up 39 points in total. This comprised of 18 televoting points and 21 jury points.
Viewing figures in several other countries have also been revealed after the final on Saturday. The contest was the most watch edition in Spain since 2008 with an estimated 7.2 million viewers. Over 3.4 million viewers watched the show in Italy and an average of 6.9 million tuned in in the United Kingdom.
In Cyprus, as Eleni Foureira entered the final as the bookies favourite to win, a peak of 93.4% of TV viewers were following the contest.
Source: Cronicas ESC
Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
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 hosted the 2018 edition of the contest in the capital, Lisbon.