Sweden: 3.5 million viewers tuned in for the Melodifestivalen 2018 Grand Final

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Sweden’s national selection for Eurovision, Melodifestivalen 2018, regained relatively high viewing rates with its Grand Final, following a slight decline.

Swedish broadcaster SVT has released the viewing rates for Melodifestivalen 2018, Sweden’s selection for Eurovision. Last Saturday’s final of Melodifestivalen 2018 concluded with 3.551 000 viewers tuning in to see Benjamin Ingrosso take the crown and subsequent ticket to Lisbon with his entry Dance you off.

Historically low Andra Chansen

Although Melodifestivalen remains one of the most popular national selections throughout Europe, viewing rates within Sweden saw a decline this year. Eventually starting out with a decent 3.3 million viewers for its first heat, the rates steadily dropped, leading up to a historically low 2,572,000 viewers for the Andra Chansen round.

Popularity remains

However, with a conclusion of overall 3.5 million viewers, Melodifestivalen 2018 eventually seems to have redeemed itself. The 2017 Grand Final which saw Robin Bengtsson win with his song I can’t go on was watched by some 200.000 more viewers, yet the 2018 edition was better watched than the 2014 and 2016 editions.

Despite an occasional decline, with overall viewing rates being predominantly positive, the conclusion remains: Melodifestivalen cán go on!

(Source: svt.se)

Enjoy Benjamin Ingrosso performing Dance you off at the Grand Final of Melodifestivalen 2018.