In the United Kingdom 2.4 million viewers tuned into BBC One to watch Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light.
2.4 million viewers watched on BBC One last night as Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light was broadcast live from the Netherlands. The two hour broadcast was part of an evening of Eurovision Song Contest programming across both BBC One and BBC Two.
The evening kicked off with a Eurovision special of Pointless Celebrities which was viewed by 3.8 million people. This was followed by Eurovision: Come Together, a BBC produced show to find the nations favourite Eurovision entry. ‘Waterloo’ by ABBA won the show, with an average of 2.9 million viewers watching the show.
Following Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, BBC Two broadcast the A-Z of Eurovision presented by Rylan Clark-Neil. The show was watched by an average of 1.13 million viewers.
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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.