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Love Island jets to America after CBS buys rights to the reality show

Thursday 9th August 2018

Love Island is heading to America after US TV network CBS bought the rights to the reality show.

The hit ITV2 dating series, which sees young, sexy singletons try and find love in an idyllic Spanish villa and win £50,000, ended last week with a record 3.6 million people tuning in to watch the final.

Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer scooped the prize money after receiving almost 80 per cent of the vote.

Debuting in 2015, the series has now been picked up in eight countries including Australia and Germany.

Sharon Vuong, CBS's senior vice president of alternative programming, said: "Love Island has been a massive success overseas.

“It's currently seen, or about to premiere in several European countries as well as Australia, and 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.

"Additionally, Love Island is more than a pop sensation; this series has generated compelling 'sociological think pieces' in major publications here and abroad."

David George, CEO of ITV America, said: "As a format, Love Island breaks the mould with high levels of viewer interactivity and participation that influence the content of the show in a way that's extremely addictive.

"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."

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