ITV confirms Splash! return in 2014
ITV has confirmed new hit Saturday night entertainment show 'Splash!', starring Tom Daley, will return for a second series in 2014 after becoming its biggest hit since 2008
'Splash!' has officially been picked up for a second series.
The ITV celebrity diving show, starring Olympic bronze medal winner Tom Daley, will be back on screens in 2014 after the final of the first series - which was won by ski jumper Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards - peaked with an impressive 6.6 million viewers on Saturday night (02.02.13).
Elaine Bedell, ITV's director of entertainment and comedy, 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."
Tom, 18, added: "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."
'Splash!' was ITV's most watched new entertainment series since 2008, averaging 5.4 million viewers over its five-week run.
Saturday's final, which saw Eddie, 'Benidorm' actor Jake Canuso and Linda Barker battle it out to become 'Splash!' champion, had the highest viewing figures of the day.
It was recently reported that the show - which is hosted by Vernon Kay and Gabby Logan - will relocate from Luton to the Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London for its second series.