Nearly nine million people in the UK watched the Eurovision Song Contest on BBC One on Saturday, which saw the UK come second to winners Ukraine, according to the BBC.
Figures were considerably up on last year, when an average of 7.4 million watched as the UK scored “nul points”.
TV audience numbers for the Turin show peaked at 10.6 million, the BBC said
The Eurovision broadcast followed on the heels of BBC One’s coverage of the FA Cup final, which drew an average audience of nearly six million.
Viewing numbers soared in the final half hour of the match at Wembley, which saw Liverpool beat Chelsea 6-5 on penalties – peaking at eight million.
There were also four million stream requests for the coverage across the BBC’s digital platforms.
The live game was also shown on ITV1 where the audience averaged 1.6m. peaking at 2.6m.
December’s Strictly come Dancing final averaged 11 million viewers, while the Queen’s Christmas message drew an audience of 8.96 million.
Liverpool”s Kostas Tsimikas celebrated with the trophy after a tense conclusion to the game