Channel 5 have today revealed that they have signed a new two-year deal with Endemol, for exclusive rights to broadcast Big Brother until the end of 2014.
The series has proven to be huge ratings hit for the channel and a firm favourite with reality TV fans. Since Big Brother’s launch on Channel 5 in 2011, five million new viewers have tuned in to Channel 5.
While Celebrity Big Brother was on air (2011 & 2012 series), Channel 5 was the most popular commercial channel amongst young people across the 9.00pm – 11.00pm slot. The first normal series of Big Brother (September 2011) averaged 1.7m over its 10-week run, with viewing to the 9-11pm slot increasing by 54% amongst 16-34 year olds.
It has also been officially confirmed that Celebrity Big Brother will return for a second stint later this year after the ‘classic’ series. Brian Dowling will continue to present the live shows.
Jeff Ford, Director of Channel 5 Programmes said: “We’re hugely excited to have secured the return of Big Brother for Channel 5 which will continue to form a key part our programming schedule. The show so far has captivated the energy and vibrancy of the channel and we are looking forward to continuing this successful relationship.”
Big Brother’s spin-off show ‘Bit On the Side’ will also be returning with host Emma Willis. TV’s most iconic voiceover artist Marcus Bentley will also be returning to report on the housemates’ antics!
Nick Samwell-Smith, Creative Director of Initial (Endemol), said: “We are delighted with the success of Big Brother on Channel 5. The show continues to thrive and I’m thrilled to be renewing our partnership with the channel for another two years.”
Channel 5’s Head of Factual Entertainment, Steve Gowans, will oversee the new series of Big Brother.
The series will continue to be filmed in its original home of Elstree Film Studios (which has not burnt down), produced by Endemol UK.