200,000 more viewers watched on BBC One last night as the United Kingdom participated in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
An average of 6.9 million viewers watched last night as the United Kingdom performed alongside twenty-five other nations during the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. At the shows peak 8.1 million viewers were watching the contest, beating “Britain’s Got Talent” by an average of 100,000 over the course of its broadcast.
Viewing figures for Eurovision 2018 on the BBC:
- Semi-Final One – 480,000
- Semi-Final Two – 550,000
- Grand Final – 6,900,000
SuRie was selected after she won the United Kingdom’s national final show Eurovision: You Decide back in February with her song “Storm”. This is not the first time she will appear on the Eurovision stage, as she was a backing singer for Belgium in both 2015 and 2017.
During her performance last night the singer was subject to stage invasion. For 15 to 20 seconds of her performance the singer had her microphone grabbed out of her hands and a stage invader shouted at the audience. Security tackled the stage invader off the stage and SuRie continued to perform.
The United Kingdom ended the night in 24th place with 48 points, coming 23rd with the juries on 23 points and 20th with the public on 25 points.
The United Kingdom debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in the contest. To date the UK has won the contest a total of five times, with their first victory coming in 1967 and their latest in 1997. The UK holds the record for the most second place finishes in the contest, having been runner-up a total of 15 times. Since 2000 the UK has finished within the top 10 only twice, this being in 2002 with Jessica Garlick and in 2009 with Jade Ewen.