Sophie Monk-hosted reality series will undergo changes in 2019 including a shift from 9GO! to Nine’s primary channel and a new filming location.
The first season drew bumper audiences for 9Now and Nine’s YouTube channel, but broadcast numbers were far more modest. That presumably makes the budget required for filming in a Spanish villa harder to justify.
But what the ITV Studios series spent in airfares was undoubtedly saved in using a camera-ready house.
The British series has used at least 2 Spanish villas so it isn’t clear if Nine will remain in Europe or relocate to a Pacific setting (another Queensland coup coming?). The latter would also impact when the show may air given the warm weather requirement.
With its raunchy content, Love Island could be stripped into the post 9pm timeslot, where a loyal young audience could help stem a wider switch-off.