With Eurovision 2023 being hosted in the UK and with British interest in the contest rekindled, the BBC decided to broadcast the semi-finals not on BBC Three or BBC Four, as it used to, but on BBC One.
BBC One is the UK broadcaster’s main channel and this change has dramatically increased viewership for the competition in its first stage, the semi-finals, where ratings are traditionally lower than in the Grand Final.
An average of 2.3 million viewers watched the First Semi-Final on BBC One, while the corresponding First Semi-Final last year was watched by 545 thousand viewers. So, this is an increase of 623% compared to last year! In fact, yesterday’s semi-final reached a peak of 3.4 million viewers at one point!
Indicatively, the viewership in other BIG 5 was as follows yesterday:
Germany: 590 thousand viewers
Italy: 1.9 million viewers – 8.6% viewership
The organization of the contest by the United Kingdom, last year’s success of Sam Ryder, the recruitment of famous women to present the contest and much more seem to be reflected in the Eurovision 2023 viewing figures for the British.
Great start for the UK, who vote in Thursday’s 2nd Semi-Final and as a member of the BIG 5 and host nation, compete directly in the Grand Final. This year, the UK has given the anointing of representation to Mae Muller with ‘I Wrote A Song’, who has even been drawn to close Saturday’s Grand Final.
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