Love Island Renewed for Season 2 at CBS

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Love Island is not being dumped by CBS. 

Despite soft ratings, the dating reality series will be back in 2020 for a second season, it was announced during the CBS portion at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. 

A Surprise Kiss - Love Island

Across 17 episodes, the series is currently averaging a paltry 2.2 million and a 0.5 rating. 

While these numbers sound weak, the series has been relatively consistent throughout its run. 

Beaming Caro & Alexandra - Love Island

The more exciting part of the ratings is that it is the most-streamed new show on CBS All Access and in over a year. 

There is an audience for the series, but the audience does not necessarily want to watch, then the show is playing out live. 

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Because the viewers get to impact the series through the companion app, watching on-demand makes it difficult to participate. 

Waterfall Kisses - Love Island

Still, CBS could have made a case for canceling the series given the soft on-air ratings, but the U.K. iteration launched to around 500k viewers and has grown each season since. 

Some episodes of the most recent fifth season hit a series record 6 million total viewers. It remains to be seen whether CBS can nurture Love Island into a hit like the British one. 

"The passion of Love Island's audience is incredible," said CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl.

Mallory Santic - Love Island

"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."

Added Senior EVP of Programming Thom Sherman, “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."

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"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.”

Alana Morrison - Love Island

Love Island joins The Amazing Race and Blood & Treasure as the shows the Eye network is bringing back in 2020. 

Big Brother is expected to snag a renewal despite a big decline year-to-year. 

Love Island Season 1 concludes Wednesday, August 7. 

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Paul Dailly was an Associate Editor for TV Fanatic.Follow him on X.

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