CBS announced Thursday it has ordered a second season of the summer dating series “Love Island.”
“Love Island” has expanded CBS’ summer audience, reaching a much younger and more female demographic, according to the network. It’s also the most-streamed new show on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription video-on-demand and live-streaming service, and on CBS.com in over a year, and a continually trending social media topic following each night’s broadcast.
“The passion of `Love Island’s” audience is incredible,” said CBS Entertainment President Kelly 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.”
On “Love Island,” singles come to a villa in Fiji seeking a partner. Contestants, dubbed “Islanders,” form alliances and begin relationships.
Every few days the Islanders must couple-up, with those failing to find a partner risking being dumped from the island.
New Islanders arrive during the series. Viewers have the opportunity to shape events on screen as they watch the relationships develop, and ultimately choose one couple as the winners who receive a cash prize.
A new “Love Island” episode will air every weeknight at 8 p.m. through Wednesday.
“Love Island” is based on a hit British dating series. The American version premiered July 9 got off to a slow start in the ratings, with the first four episodes finishing third, fifth, fifth and fourth in their time slots.
Viewership began growing in the second week. Wednesday’s episode won its time slot among women ages 18 to 34.
The announcement was made in connection with CBS’ presentations at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour which is being held in Beverly Hills.
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