Things may not have gone according to plan for Molly and the United Kingdom, but at least this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was a ratings winner for the BBC.
Official viewing figures released by the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB) show that, for the second year in a row, Saturday’s Grand Final of Eurovision has come out on top, beating EastEnders in the process. It is the second most watched contest after 2011, when the UK were represented by Blue.
BBC One Top 10 Viewing Figures 5-11th May 2014
1. Eurovision Song Contest – 8.936m
2. EastEnders (Tuesday) – 7.663m
3. EastEnders (Monday) – 7.596m
4. EastEnders (Thursday) – 7.532m
5. EastEnders (Friday) – 7.227m
6. Happy Valley – 6.625m
7. Countryfile – 6.371 m
8. The Crimson Field – 6.327 m
9. Masterchef – 5.942m
10. BBC News – 5.853m
Elsewhere, 1.47 million Austrians saw their representative Conchita Wurst win the Eurovision title. Denmark, the host country, enjoyed their best viewing figures since they last hosted the contest in 2001 with 2.18 million people. Jessica Mauboy’s guest performance clearly had an impact on the viewing figures from Australia, which resulted in a combined total audience of 2.971 million. And 5.1 million people in the Netherlands saw The Common Linnets surge up to second in the Grand Final this year. That’s a mighty high figure for a country of 16.4 million.