Reality competition format Big Brother is returning to Israel following the successful seven-week run of Big Brother VIP.
A second civilian season has been commissioned by Israeli television broadcaster Reshet. Endemol Shine Israel is to produce.
The voyeuristic reality series first premiered in Israel in 2008, airing for nine original seasons and two celebrity editions on Channel 2. Reshet then acquired the series and began broadcasting Big Brother in May 2018. The series has run for a total of 12 seasons.
Big Brother VIP launched in 2009 and has transmitted three editions, including in 2015 and in 2019, with this year’s finale (pictured) airing across Reshet this past weekend (March 2), recording an average ratings share of 19.7%. Over its seven-week run, the season averaged a 17.4% share.
“Big Brother is a strong reality format and we are incredibly proud that this show remains at the forefront of entertainment television in Israel,” said Endemol Shine Israel CEO Amir Ganor in a statement. “Both recent series have delivered excellent ratings and social engagement, proving that the format’s pure premise and round the clock storytelling remains as relevant and fascinating as ever.”
The original Big Brother format was created by Talpa Media’s John de Mol in the Netherlands in 1999. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary the format had 26 productions airing across 14 territories in 2018, including in the U.S., the Philippines, India, Brazil and Spain. The celebrity version also enjoyed a successful 2018 with 13 series airing in eight markets.
Earlier this year, Endemol Shine Group revealed that Big Brother would mark its comeback to Finland and Poland following a five-year and eleven-year hiatus, respectively. Endemol Shine Poland will launch its adaptation on TVN7 next week.