The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Grand Final was the most watched entertainment programme on Portuguese Television during 2018.
1.5 Million viewers tuned in to the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, making it the most watched non-sporting show of the year. The contest which was held in Lisbon, Portugal was the first time the nation hosted the contest and saw Israeli champion, Netta, take the throne.
The contest was broadcast on RTP1, Portugal’s main television channel and managed to bag a 39.9% audience share and 16% media audience.
Portugal hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. The country was represented by Cláudia and Isaura with the song “O Jardim”. They finished last in the Grand Final with a total of 39 points. They scored 21 points in the televote, with the remaining 18 points coming from the juries.
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 in Kyiv, Portugal hosted the 2018 edition of the contest in the capital, Lisbon.