BBC Exclusive: Voting and Viewing figures up

by Benny Royston 55 views

The United Kingdom's national final, Making Your Mind Up saw figures rise sharply on last year in the most successful edition of the show to date. The 2007 edition scored a ratings hit, recovering from stiff competition from the Dancing on Ice final to win its ratings battle with ITV. The results show also a victory with the largest audience share in its time slot. The number of televotes was double that of the 2006 figure in the United Kingdom's most popular national selection for many years.

The first part of MYMU scored an average 5.1 million viewers (22.6% audience share), rising to 6.2 million viewers by the end of the show (27.4%). The results show had an average of 5.6 million viewers (25.7% audience share), peaking when 6.2 million viewers (29.1% of the tv audience) saw Terry Wogan bellow the wrong name as the winner of the United Kingdom ticket to Helsinki.

Speaking on his morning radio show today, Terry apologised for the mistake once more. "Nobody died, it wasn't a general election, it's a television programme. There's no doubt that Scooch won, we wish them well and I'll be there to cheer them on by word and gesture in Helsinki. Bad luck on Cyndi. My apologies for any embarassment that she may have suffered but it probably won't do her career any harm either".

BBC Director General Mark Thompson defended Sir Terry joked on the corporation's Sunday AM programme, "I think they were trying so hard to get the phones right that something else must have gone wrong, but whoever's fault it was I'm sure it wasn't Terry Wogan's."

Cyndi appeared on GMTV, a breakfast television show in the United Kingdom, and made light of the gaffe, she said that she had a lovely time and doesn't blame anyone for the mistake. She also congratulated Scooch once again and wished them well.

For those of you that did not have the chance to see the mishap that caused so much confusion, you can see the end of the show here:

See the Scooch performance:

See Scooch's exclusive first post-victory interview here:

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