ALMOST eight million people tuned in to watch Kylie Minogue and Lulu perform at the finale of the Commonwealth Games.

The ceremony, which also included a performance by Deacon Blue and tributes to the volunteers who kept the Glasgow Games running smoothly, was shown live on BBC One and attracted a peak audience of 7.7 million.

That is down from a peak of 9.4 million who watched the opening ceremony, which featured Rod Stewart and Nicola Benedetti.

Viewers took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the event, which divided opinion.

Author Ian Rankin said: "Just a reminder of the number you can call if you have been affected by any issues raised during the closing ceremony..."

Steph McGovern wrote: "I think my TV is broken, I seem to be watching High School Musical."

However, Margaret Curran said: "Looking forward to @Glasgow2014's closing ceremony. Time to celebrate a brilliant Commonwealth Games for Scotland!"

Sunday night's ceremony at Glasgow's Hampden Park brought to a close 11 days of sporting action which saw more than 140 Commonwealth and several world records broken.

England topped the medal table, ahead of Australia, Canada and Scotland.

Organisers had just 18 hours to transform the arena from the setting for the track and field events into the city's "Commonwealth festival", with two stages inspired by the Barrowland Ballroom.

In keeping with the festival theme, the athletes emerged from almost 700 tents dotted throughout the stadium to a thunderous Glasgow welcome from the 40,000-strong crowd.

Host Des Clarke said the ceremony, which ended with Auld Lang Syne, was the "biggest party in Scotland's history".