The United Kingdom recorded its largest Eurovision Grand Final audience last night since the 2014 contest in Copenhagen.
7.4 million viewers watched the Grand Final of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest on BBC One last night, the largest audience for the contest in the UK in seven years. The show had a peak audience of 8.4 million with a share of the viewing audience of 48.5%, the largest viewing share since 1999.
United Kingdom viewing figures:
- 2021 Grand Final – 7.4 million viewers
- 2019 – 6.9 million viewers
- 2018 – 6.9 million viewers
- 2017 – 6.7 million viewers
- 2016 – 7.2 million viewers
- 2015 – 6.64 million viewers
- 2014 – 8.8 million viewers
The United Kingdom finished 26th in the Grand Final scoring 0 points from both the televote and the jury vote, a record for the competition.
Image Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses | Source: BBC
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.