Big Brother AXED after 2018? Channel 5 show’s fate revealed after record-low ratings.
BIG BROTHER has become a staple of British reality television, but how long can the Channel 5 series survive with plummeting ratings? Last month it was reported that both Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother were facing the chop once the pending series’ were out of the way. Though, the claims were swiftly disputed by Channel 5.
The latest series of Big Brother in 2017 saw the show pull in record low figures after losing out in the rating battle to ITV2 juggernaut Love Island. What’s more, Celebrity Big Brother’s recent run opened to a new low and concluded with the worst viewing figures in the show’s 18 year history for a final.
Big Brother axed after 2018? We all know the show is never going to return to its heyday
Just 1.5 million tuned in to catch drag queen Courtney Act beat Ann Widdecombe. Regardless, Daily Star have provided a beaming ray of light for BB fans after claiming Channel 5 do have hopes of continuing the franchise. The broadcaster, alongside creators Endemol, are said to be planning to cut the budget, according to a show insider.
“Ratings have been in steep decline series on series,” they began. “However, the show has still built up a strong following across all ages, who tune in. Big Brother: Ratings have plummeted in recent years CHANNEL 5.
Big Brother: Ratings have plummeted in recent years
“We all know the show is never going to return to its heyday and everybody is fine with that.
“It doesn’t matter so long as there’s still some people who do still watch it.” The source continued: “In fairness, many other reality shows like Made in Chelsea or Ibiza Weekender or Celebs Go Dating would kill for the ratings that Big Brother still gets.”
Courtney Act won the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother CHANNEL 5
“It totally makes sense why Channel 5 want it cheaper though. Lesser ratings mean lesser ad revenue.
“It brings in viewers, but it’s not a cheap show to make, especially as many of the shows on Channel 5 bring in similar audiences for a fraction of the cost.
“When BB is on there’s 600/700 crew who work on this behind the scenes, transmitting each day, filming 24/7, maintaining the house etc.”
They finished: “It costs a lot of time and money but I’m sure we’ll sort something out.” Big Brother returns to channel 5 this summer.