Daily TV Marketplace - Ratings joy for BBC One on Saturday

The annual festival of kitsch that is the Eurovision Song Contest helped bring an average of 7.9 million viewers to BBC One on Saturday night in what was a good day for the channel.

The annual festival of kitsch that is the Eurovision Song Contest helped bring an average of 7.9 million viewers to BBC One on Saturday night in what was a good day for the channel.

The glitzy event, hosted from the Ukrainian capital Kiev and coupled with a voiceover dripping in sarcasm from BBC Radio Two’s Terry Wogan, was won by clear favourite Greece, with the UK’s entry – sung by Javine – coming a woeful third from last.

The marathon extravaganza on BBC One from 8pm was watched by a 39% share of the audience, signalling the viewers continued enthusiasm for the show, despite the traditional bout of strategic voting and dismal performances.

The show achieved a peak of 9.7 million viewers at 10.30pm.

The programme sealed a victorious day for BBC One after it secured a massive 13.2 million viewers at the climax of the FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester United.

An average of 7.3 million viewers – a 54% share of the audience – watched previous holder’s United attempt to wear down a resilient Arsenal team, only to be swept aside in a dramatic penalty shootout that sees the once all conquering United without a trophy this season.

Earlier in the evening, Doctor Who once again beat off any semblance of competition from ITV1 after securing 6.6 million viewers and a 35% share.

ITV1’s efforts were limited to a repeat of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace from 5.20 to 7.40pm, which helped itself to 3.9 million viewers and a 21.1% share.

Later showings of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and Hit Me Baby One More Time – Grand Final secured 5 million and 3.2 million viewers respectively.

Elsewhere BBC Two clinched ratings of 1.7 million and 1 million for its prime time offerings of Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music and cop drama Conviction, while a two-hour potted history of artist Michaelangelo on Channel 4 clinched 1.6 million viewers from 7.10pm.

Five’s double bill of US crime dramas – CSI:NY and Law and Order: Criminal Intent – dragged in 2.2 million and 1.7 million viewers between them.

By Kevin May

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