ITV gives ‘Splash’ a second series

‘Splash!’ to return for second series

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Tom Daley’s Saturday night entertainment show, ‘Splash!’ has been given a second series by ITV following the highest ratings on ITV for an entertainment series since 2008.

Olympic Bronze medal and British and European Championship winner, Tom Daley will return to challenge a new group of celebrities after Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards triumphed as the winner on Saturday, watched by a peak audience of 6.6 million peak and averaging 5.6 million viewers (25% share), with a series average of 5.4 million.

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.”

He also tweeted: “@TomDaley1994: It’s official…there will be a second series of #Splash on @ITV 😀 so excited!!”

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.”

The format, owned by Eyeworks is based on the Dutch format Sterren Springen (internationally known as Celebrity Splash!) where it rated as Holland’s number one entertainment show.

Twofour will produce the second series when it returns to ITV in 2014.