Eurovision 2018 proved to be the most watched show on UK TV last night (Saturday, May 12).
The live final of the song contest averaged 6.9 million viewers on BBC One across its near four-hour run between 8PM and just before midnight.
The competition peaked as the winner was revealed with 8.1 million viewers.
The UK entry finished 24th out of 26 while Israel were crowned the winners in the 2018 Eurovision results
It was up 200,000 viewers on last year’s final but down 300,000 on 2016.
Overnight average on BBC One since 2010.
2017 – 6.7 million
2016 – 7.2 million
2015 – 6.6 million
2014 – 8.8 million
2013 – 7.7 million
2012 – 7.5 million
2011 – 9.5 million
2010 – 5.8 million
Clashing against Eurovision for its entire runtime was Britain’s Got Talent.
Acts that impressed in the latest auditions included unlikely 82-year-old rapper Barry Newton, violinist Nino Nikolov and magician Maddox Dixon, who performed magic tricks with a Rubik’s Cube.
Lifford Shillingford went one further, grabbing Alesha Dixon’s golden buzzer after singing ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ by Sam Cooke.
An average audience of 6.8 million viewers tuned in, a series low but not surprising given the Eurovision head-to-head.
The instalment, which peaked at 7.6 million viewers, was down 300,000 on last Saturday night.
Elsewhere on ITV yesterday, Ninja Warrior averaged 2.8 million, up 300,000 viewers on the previous week while 2.5 million – up 100,000 – tuned in for Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule.
Later and after Britain’s Got Talent, Keith And Paddy’s Picture Show does Terminator 2 interested 1.9 million, a series low and 800,0000 below its previous episode.
Meanwhile, before Eurovision on BBC One, game show Ready Or Not had 1.5 million viewers followed by Pointless Celebrities with 4 million.