Survivor is set to return for a second season, but presenter Joel Dommett has promised significant changes.
The popular BBC show, which featured 18 ordinary individuals becoming castaways and abandoned on a remote desert island, struggling for life to win £100,000, returned after more than 20 years gone.
The competitors were transported to the Dominican Republic and divided into two tribes, where they had to outsmart one other and engage in betrayal to emerge triumphant, voting each other out.
Although there were several dramatic situations and tough challenges, it failed to entice nostalgic fans and, despite investing a rumoured £30,000,000 and a prime time slot, received poor ratings.
It is, however, reported to be returning for a second season, with The Masked Singer‘s Joel promising some modifications.
When asked by Metro about whether we could expect a second series of the competition, the 38-year-old comedian said: ‘Fingers crossed… there’s a lot of stuff that we would do slightly differently.
‘Like with every first series, it’s hard, so I think a second series would be amazing.
‘Everyone seems to really love it, so I’m excited that – hopefully – [we get to] do another one.’
This comes as a BBC source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘It has come as a huge surprise that Survivor is coming back.
‘It is viewed by many within the Beeb as being a very expensive flop and the general view was that it should – and would – be canned.
‘To spend that amount of money on a programme that is watched by such few people surely is a silly way to spend public money.’
The first episode of the Survivor reboot, which premiered in October last year, drew just 2.6 million people on average, despite showing in the desired post-Strictly time of 8.25pm on Saturday.
The result was nearly two million lower than Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel the week before.
David Attenborough’s Planet Earth III was shifted from its Sunday 8pm schedule to accommodate the second episode of Survivor, which got 2.3 million viewers, fewer than a rerun of the Antiques Roadshow on BBC2.
Survivor is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.