The highest rating new entertainment series on ITV for five years – Splash! is to return in 2014 for a second series.
ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy, Elaine Bedell said, “Splash! has proved itself by building a big, enthusiastic, primetime family audience. We’ve seen some quite incredible bravery from our celebrities this series, and the scale of the dives they were achieving is in no small part down to their mentor, and the star of our show, Tom Daley. We’re looking forward to even more Saturday night spectacle, and sparkle, with the second series.”
Olympic Bronze medal and British and European Championship winner Tom Daley will return for series two, to once again challenge some of the nation’s favourite faces to learn one of sport’s most difficult disciplines on primetime ITV.
Tom Daley said, “I am over the moon to hear Splash! will run for a second season. It’s a dream come true for me to be involved in an entertainment show which has been so successful and also fits so well around my training schedule. Splash! has put diving on primetime TV and diving clubs all across the country have kept telling me that they now have waiting lists, following the popularity of the show. That in itself is an incredible achievement and I’m very excited to be part of it.”
Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards was crowned Splash! winner on Saturday, watched by a peak audience of 6.6 million viewers. The final drew an average audience of 5.6 million viewers/ a 25% share of viewing across the show, and was the most watched programme of the night. The series averaged 5.4 million viewers across the run, making it the most watched new entertainment series on ITV since 2008.
Splash! is based on the Dutch format Sterren Springen (internationally known as Celebrity Splash!) where it rated as Holland’s number one entertainment show last season. The format is owned by Eyeworks and will be produced again for ITV by TwoFour. It was commissioned by ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy Elaine Bedell and Commissioning Editor Asif Zubairy.