ITV axes singing competition “Rising Star”

British broadcaster ITV has decided not to produce Keshet International's interactive singing competition format Rising Star (pictured).
September 17, 2014

ITV has axed the UK version of Keshet International’s interactive talent show format Rising Star (pictured).

The network picked up the British rights for the format last November, with ITV Studios and Keshet International set to coproduce. The show was due to air early next year however, following a tepid U.S. launch, the format has been scrapped.

Rising Star is an innovative show and we have enjoyed working on the format with the team,” an ITV spokesperson said in a statement. “However, as a commercial broadcaster, we always need to be as confident as possible about the potential ratings of any new program format that we have acquired, and we have therefore taken the decision not to proceed with plans to broadcast the series on ITV.”

The series debuted in Israel last summer and led to a buying frenzy at MIPCOM. Local versions of the series have since aired in the United States, Brazil and Portugal and Germany.

Although Rede Globo (Globo) renewed the show for a second season in Brazil, ratings for the U.S. broadcaster ABC’s version of the series declined steadily. The June premiere’s 5.2 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic dropped to 3.17 million by the end of the show’s run, according to Nielsen.

France’s M6 aired a preview of the French version on September 25 that attracted 4.6 million viewers, according to the network.

“There’s always a risk attached when launching an ambitious new concept and we’re obviously disappointed by ITV’s decision not to move forward with Rising Star,” said Keshet UK COO Sammy Nourmand. “We would like to extend our thanks to the team at ITV Studios who have worked tirelessly to adapt the format for a UK audience. Rising Star remains an innovative and ground breaking format of which we’re extremely proud.”

Rising Star is an interactive talent show where the winners are largely determined by the viewing audience via an app.

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