At its peak a total of 852,000 viewers were watching the second semi-final of Eurovision 2017 last night on Rai 4 in Italy.

On average 589,000 viewers tuned into Rai 4 last night to watch the second semi-final of the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. Over the course of the entire show 3.422 million viewers watched at least one minute of the contest.

There was however a small decrease in the average number of viewers compared to 2016, with 26,000 fewer views watching. Overall viewing figures in Italy peaked at 852,000 at 21:56 CET when the second semi-final was around halfway through the nights performances.

Source: Eurofestival News

Italy debuted in the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, and has participated a total of 42 times to date. Italy returned to the contest in 2011, having last participated in 1997. Italy has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1964 with Gigliola Cinquetti’s “Non ho l’età‎”, and the second being in 1990 with Toto Cutugno’s “Insieme: 1990”. Italy’s hosting of the contest in 1991 has been remembered as one of the most chaotic contests to date. Since their return in 2011 Italy has finished in the top 10 on four occasions, finishing in 2nd in 2011 with Raphael Gualazzi’s “The Madness of Love” and 3rd in 2015 with Il Volo’s “Grande amore”. The former was the jury winner of Eurovision 2011, and the latter was the winner of the public vote in 2015.