Interest in the Eurovision Song Contest continues to increase in the United States, as Logo TV registers its second successive year of growth in viewing figures.
74,000 viewers watched the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Grand Final from Lisbon, Portugal, with the contest having a share of 0.02%. The figure represents a 10,000 viewer increase over the 2017 contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Coverage of this years contest was provided by Ru Paul’s Drag Race stars Ross Mathews and Shangela. 2018 is the third consecutive year that Logo has broadcast the contest in America. The 2018 Grand Final was also be streamed live for American viewers on Logo’s website, on Logo’s YouTube channel at YouTube.com/logoTV and the LogoTV mobile app.
Logo’s first broadcast of Eurovision in 2016 was hosted by Carson Kressley (known for presenting shows including “How to Look Good Naked”) and Michelle Collins of “The View.” 52,000 viewers in the USA watched the show that year.
In 2017, commentating duties were taken over by “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” stars Ross Mathews and Michelle Visage. The American broadcast of the Eurovision 2017 final attracted 64,000 viewers. However, the show failed to reach into the top 150 shows broadcast on cable on May 13th, reaching just 0.02% of 18-49 year olds across the country.
Past reports have suggested the possibility of adopting a Eurovision-style contest between the American states although Jon Ola Sand has ruled out American participation in Eurovision.
Source: Show Buzz Daily