The top 10 of the most popular Italian TV series in the USA


Even in the United States, the brilliant friend is a success. Saverio Costanzo’s creation, inspired by Elena Ferrante’s best seller, is the most popular Italian TV series in America. The data emerged from a ranking prepared for the Corriere della Sera by Parrot Analytics, which “monitors the success of television products through an index (Demand Expressions) that aggregates downloads, streaming, interactions on social networks and internet searches”.

The period analyzed goes from January 1st to June 14th 2020. In the ranking, Lila and LenĂ¹ stand out from the other top 10 competitors, recording a result 6.2 times higher (in terms of popularity) than the average.

Silver medal for another series based on an Italian novel, Roberto Saviano’s Gomorrah: 6 times more popular than the average

In fact, the rights of the series in the USA belonged to the company of Harvey Weinstein and the legal proceedings concerning the producer have slowed the distribution of Gomorra 3 and Gomorra 4, which have not yet been transmitted in the United States.

Paolo Sorrentino is also on the podium, with The Young Pope and The New Pope, produced by Sky, Hbo and Canal +. Fourth place shared for ZeroZeroZero and I Medici: 4 times more popular than the average.

The sixth position is occupied by Skam Italia, the Italian edition of the Norwegian teen drama that has traveled around the world. The four seasons, written and directed by Ludovico Bessegato, were broadcast by Timvision (the latest also by Netflix who co-produced it). Rome, co-production Rai-Bbc-Hbo, aired between 2005 and 2007 follows in seventh place: its popularity index is 2.3 times higher than the average of the TV series in the United States. In eighth place here is another Sky series series, Diavoli, with Alessandro Borghi, Patrick Dempsey and Kasia Smutniak. Based on the novel by Guido Maria Brera The Devils and set in London, it was shot in English: Borghi, who has the role of the protagonist Massimo Ruggero, is voiced in the Italian version. The top ten closes Il Nome della Rosa, with John Turturro, taken from Umberto Eco’s bestseller, and the 1992-1993-1994 trilogy, with Stefano Accorsi and Miriam Leone, which traces the years of Tangentopoli.

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