Get ready to see more tropical hookups and shady breakups next summer!
Love Island is an American adaptation of the U.K. series of the same name, which premiered on ITV2 in 2015. The dating competition series features a group of islanders who must partner up with a potential mate in order to remain on the island, and on the show, while facing challenges of both the physical and emotional variety. Love Island USA debuted on CBS in early July and will conclude its first season on Wednesday, Aug. 7.
Speaking to the press at TCA on Thursday, CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl was positive about the show's viewership numbers. "Even though probably the initial numbers were a little less than we hoped, what we did see was incredibly consistency after that," Kahl said. "It was kind of almost literally the same number night after night after night. Most shows start at a certain level and then drop. The show was consistent across the week... The social has picked up week after week. The streaming is at a much higher level than just about any other show we have. We realized this was going to be a bit of a long term effort because, quite frankly, we're trying to reach audiences we don't normally speak with."
In a statement, Kahl also praised the "passion" of Love Island audience, saying, "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."
CBS's Senior Executive Vice President of Programming Thom Sherman added, "After its first season, the U.K. version exploded via word of mouth and social media to become a huge hit, and its viewership has grown every year. We believe the first season U.S. fans are just as passionate and engaged, and we look forward to building on that foundation with another fun season next summer."
Love Island airs weeknights at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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