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Grande Fratello is the Italian version of the reality television franchise Big Brother, begun in September 14, 2000, and which has gone on to become a cultural phenomenon in Italy.

Italian Series

Based on the original Dutch version created by Endemol, the show sees a number of "housemates", divided by gender, social backgrounds and geographical locations, locked up together in a house, where the viewing public can watch them twenty-four hours a day, and vote them out of the house as they choose.

The housemates can visit the "confessional" at any time during the day, either to talk to psychologists if they need to, talk to "Big Brother", or to nominate.

The title is inspired by the George Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. The novel tells of a Big Brother, head of the totalitarian state of Oceania that constantly monitors its inhabitants by camera in an attempt to suppress their free will. The tag line of the novel is "Big Brother is watching you", which inspired the show, as it is Big Brother who now has total control over the situation in the house.

The housemates live in a house 24 hours a day, bugged by numerous cameras and microphones which capture their every move. Every week the housemates participate in tasks that determine their food budget for that week, or could even affect that week's nominations. The overall goal is to be the final surviving housemate and claim the prize fund. A PlayStation game based on this version was released in 2003.

Popularity

The program has broken several records, including exceeding a 50% share of the ratings (with peaks of 60% during season one). The fifth season recorded a decline in ratings which was put down to both the competition from rival reality television shows and the season's poor and hasty production. By the ninth season, the show recorded increasing ratings which took the program back to its original popularity.

Despite a decline in viewing figures over the years (especially in the twelfth season), Grande Fratello is still one of the most successful reality shows in Italy.

Seasons

Grande Fratello Seasons
Season Season Run Days Housemates Winner Runner-Up
Grande Fratello 1 September 14, 2000 -
December 21, 2000
99 10
Cristina Plevani
Salvo Veneziano
Grande Fratello 2 September 20, 2001 -
December 20, 2001
92 16
Anthony Montrucchio
Lalla Sempio
Grande Fratello 3 January 30, 2003 -
May 8, 2003
99
Floriana Secondi
Victoria Pennington
Grande Fratello 4 January 22, 2004 -
May 6, 2004
106 15
Serena Garitta
Patrick Ray Pugliese
Grande Fratello 5 September 23, 2004 -
December 2, 2004
71 17
Jonathan Kashanian
Catrina Davies
Grande Fratello 6 January 19, 2006 -
April 27, 2006
99 18
Augusto De Megni
Filippo Bisciglia
Grande Fratello 7 January 18, 2007 -
April 19, 2007
92 19
Milo Coretti
Alessandro Tersigni
Grande Fratello 8 January 21, 2008 -
April 21, 2008
21
Mario Ferretti
Teresa Stinziani
Grande Fratello 9 January 12, 2009 -
April 20, 2009
99 23
Ferdi Berisa
Marcello Torre Calabria
Grande Fratello 10 October 26, 2009 -
March 8, 2010
134 26
Mauro Marin
Giorgio Ronchini
Grande Fratello 11 October 18, 2010 -
March 18, 2011
183 34
Andrea Cocco
Ferdinando Giordano
Grande Fratello 12 October 24, 2011 -
April 1, 2012
161 36
Sabrina Mbarek
Gaia Elide Bruschini
Grande Fratello 13 March 3, 2014 -
May 26, 2014
85 17
Mirco Petrilli
Chicca Rocco
Grande Fratello 14 September 24, 2015 -
December 10, 2015
78 19
Federica Lepanto
Domenico Manfredi
Grande Fratello VIP 1 September 19, 2016 -
November 7, 2016
50 14
Alessia Macari
Gabriele Rossi
Grande Fratello VIP 2 September 11, 2017 -
November 28, 2017
78 20
Daniele Bossari
Luca Onestini
Grande Fratello 15 April 17, 2018 -
June 4, 2018
49 17
Alberto Mezzetti
Alessia Prete
Grande Fratello VIP 3 September 24, 2018 -
December 10, 2018
78 23
Walter Nudo
Andrea Mainardi
Grande Fratello 16 April 8, 2019 -
June 10, 2019
64 19
Martina Nasoni
Enrico Contarin
Grande Fratello VIP 4 January 8, 2019 -
TBA
TBA 24 TBA

Italy

Grande Fratello Average Viewers Per Season
Season Premiere Date Finale Date Live show audience
(in millions)
Grande Fratello 1 September 14, 2000 December 21, 200 9.82
Grande Fratello 2 September 20, 2001 December 20, 2001 8.00
Grande Fratello 3 January 30, 2003 May 8, 2003 8.00
Grande Fratello 4 January 22, 2004 April 6, 2004 8.44
Grande Fratello 5 September 23, 2004 December 2, 2004 6.86
Grande Fratello 6 January 19, 2006 April 27, 2006 6.51
Grande Fratello 7 January 18, 2007 April 19, 2007 5.57
Grande Fratello 8 January 21, 2008 April 21, 2008 5.46
Grande Fratello 9 January 12, 2009 April 20, 2009 6.63
Grande Fratello 10 October 26, 2009 March 8, 2010 6.16
Grande Fratello 11 October 18, 2010 April 18, 2011 5.43
Grande Fratello 12 October 24, 2011 April 1, 2012 3.85
Grande Fratello 13 March 3, 2014 May 26, 2014 4.12
Grande Fratello 14 September 24, 2015 December 10, 2015 3.52
Grande Fratello VIP 1 September 19, 2016 November 7, 201 4.19
Grande Fratello VIP 2 September 11, 2017 November 28, 2017 4.86
Grande Fratello 15 April 17, 2018 June 4, 2018 3.88
Grande Fratello VIP 3 September 24, 2018 December 10, 2018 3.41
Grande Fratello 16 April 8, 2019 June 10, 2019 3.26
Key: Increase in Viewership Decrease in Viewership Consistent Viewership

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