RTÉ has revealed that just under 700,000 viewers watched on Saturday night as Ireland competed in their first Grand Final since the 2013 contest.
A total of 690,000 viewers watched on RTÉ One, as the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 took place in Lisbon, Portugal. At its peak 1 million viewers were watching the results of the voting at 11:09 BST, with the show reaching 52% of viewers in Ireland at the time. Thanks to Ryan’s qualification for the final, the broadcaster recorded its largest Eurovision audience since 2013.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy represented Ireland in Lisbon this year with the song “Together”. He finished 16th in the final with 136 points. This was Ireland’s first appearance in the final since 2013 and their best result since 2012.
Source: Irish Mirror
Ireland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and is currently the most successful country to have participated in the contest, winning a total of seven times. During the 1990s Ireland was a powerhouse in the contest becoming the first country to win three years in a row from 1992 to 1994. Since 2000 Ireland has struggled in the contest having qualified from the semi-final into the final just six out of a possible 13 times. Ireland’s last top 10 result came in 2011 when Jedward finished 8th in Dusseldorf.