If you’d like it to be summed up quickly, here it comes: no Eurovision, no party.
That’s how A Dal 2020’s fate can be described so far, at least when it comes to viewing figures. As you probably know at this stage, Hungarian broadcaster MTVA has withdrawn from the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2020. However, it’s retained the national selection show A Dal, which… will select Hungary’s song of the year!
Now we don’t know what MTVA bosses had in mind, but the public apparently didn’t flock to watch the first heat of a slightly revamped show which has barely anything at stake.
In fact — despite boasting familiar names like Kati Wolf and Olivér Berkes — the new season has kicked off to a disastrous start. The premiere episode on Saturday 1 February recorded the lowest viewing figures in the competition’s nine-year history.
Record low viewing figures for A Dal 2020
(Vigyázat, a poszt nyomokban szarkazmust tartalmaz!) Sosem látott siker A Dal 2020-ban! Az eurovíziótlanított nemzeti…
The above graphic, created by Köztévé Blog, paints a bleak picture for the once-mighty show.
Let’s break down the numbers.
Only 204,000 people watched the debut episode of this year’s competition. This new low beats the previous record set in 2019 when 270,786 people tuned in to the opening night. That series ultimately sent Joci Pápai to Eurovision for a second time.
To put these numbers in a wider perspective, A Dal 2020 achieved a mere 4.7% share of all TV audiences on Saturday 1 February. By comparison, the opening night of A Dal 2013 attracted 912,719 viewers and won an 18.9% share.
It has been downhill ever since.
The falling figures may be part of the reason why the Eurovision element of the competition was axed. However, if anything, it seems that that move has just worsened the rot.
What do you think? Should A Dal be axed? Or should it become a national final once more? Let us know in the comments.