Boost for ITV as CBS renews US Love Island for a second season

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by Mark Johnson

ITV has confirmed that CBS has renewed the US version of Love Island for a second season next year.

Landlocked Americans will be able to get back to the island in 2020 when the US version of the international reality sensation Love Island returns next summer, the UK channel said. 

The romantic reality competition series is produced by ITV Entertainment, an ITV America company. 

Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment, and Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment, made the announcement at CBS’ portion of the Television Critics Association press tour.

Love Island has expanded CBS’ summer audience, ITV said reaching a much younger and more female demographic. 

At the same time, the series has made a big digital impact as the network’s most-streamed new show on CBS All Access and in over a year, and as a continually trending social media topic following each night’s broadcast.

Passionate fanbase

“The passion of Love Island’s audience is incredible,” said Kahl. “The intensity of their social media engagement has created tremendous enthusiasm for the series here at the Network. 

“We love the show’s creative execution and can’t wait for next season.” 

Sherman added: “After its first season, the UK version exploded via word of mouth and social media to become a huge hit, and its viewership has grown every year. 

“We believe first season US fans are just as passionate and engaged and we look forward to building on that foundation with another fun season next summer.”

ITV America CEO and Executive Producer David George said: “CBS has been a fantastic partner, understanding and supporting right from the get-go the value of Love Island as a format that transcends linear TV. 

“We’re thrilled to be their partner on this show and to be working together on a new season we’re confident will continue to draw and enthral viewers across platforms.”

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