Love Island is sailing its way to America after CBS secured the rights to air an American version of the hit dating show.
ITV announced on Wednesday that it had sold the rights to the show after strong interest from CBS and other American broadcasters. Love Island just wrapped up its fifth season and it brought in a massive 3.6 million viewers, including making it the most-watched program in channel history.
“Love Island has been a massive success overseas,” said Sharon Vuong, senior VP alternative programming at CBS. “We’re thrilled that ITV has partnered with us to bring their most successful show to American television. Having seen the reaction of audiences across the pond and around the world to this most recent season, we expect American viewers will be captivated by this engaging format.”
The show has been compared to Bachelor Pad by some Americans, which saw contestants isolated in a romantic tropical destination. The show was canceled by ABC after three seasons.
Love Island has proven popular around the world, seeing remakes of the show in Australia and Germany.
“As a format, Love Island breaks the mold with high levels of viewer interactivity and participation that influence the content of the show in a way that’s extremely addictive,” said David George, CEO of ITV America. “It’s a cultural phenomenon that builds anticipation with every episode and creates appointment viewing — a pretty hard thing to do in today’s TV landscape. We’re ecstatic the show has found a home at CBS and look forward to working collaboratively to engage its millions of viewers.”
ITV Entertainment will produce Love Island for CBS, which is expected to launch season one next year likely following Big Brother or Big Brother: Celebrity Edition.