An average of over 10 million viewers watched last night as the first night of the Festival di Sanremo 2020 took place.
Over 50% of the viewing television audience in Italy last night watched the first night of Festival di Sanremo 2020. An average of 10,058,000 viewers watched the show live on Rai 1 with a viewing share of 52.2%. The figures are the highest average audience for the first night of Sanremo since 2005.
28.317 million people watched at least 1 minute of the show with a total of 10.438 million watching the competition from start to finish. Across all of the age metrics the number and share of viewers increased over 2019.
Eurofestival News reports that in Romania which also broadcast the show live an average of 80,000 viewers watched the competition. At its peak 200,000 viewers were watching the show at 23:51 with a share of 5.2%.
The ranking of the artists from night one based on the demoscopic jury were as follows:
- Le Vibrazioni – Dov’è (Where is it)
- Elodie – Andromeda
- Diodato – Fai rumore (Make noise)
- Irene Grandi – Finalmente io (Finally I)
- Marco Masini – Il confronto
- Alberto Urso – Il sole ad est (The sun to the east)
- Raphael Gualazzi – Carioca
- Anastasio – Rosso di rabbia (Red with anger)
- Achille Lauro – Me ne frego (I don’t care)
- Rita Pavone – Niente (Resilienza 74) (Nothing (Resilience 74))
- Riki – Lo sappiamo entrambi (We both know it)
- Bugo e Morgan – Sincero (Sincere)
Source: Eurofestival News
Italy debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has participated a total of 42 times to date. Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past. Italy has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1964 and the latest being in 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 seven occasions.