CBS has picked up “Love Island,” the reality dating competition, for a second season, the network announced on Thursday.
The network’s adaptation of the hit U.K. show has struggled somewhat in the ratings, averaging just a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.9 million viewers with seven days of delayed viewing, according to Nielsen. However, network president Kelly Kahl touted the show’s performance among viewers outside the typical CBS audience at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday. He called the show a success among young women viewers, in addition to performing well on streaming.
Season 2 will air next summer.
“The passion of ‘Love Island’s’ audience is incredible,” Kahl said. “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.”
“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,” CBS programming boss Thom Sherman added, We believe 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.”