ITV confirms reality show with over 5 million viewers won't return for another series - details

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19 Apr 2024, 07:26

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ITV have confirmed a popular reality TV show will not be returning for a second series despite impressive ratings last year.

I’m A Celebrity South Africa attracted a viewership of over 5 million when aired in 2023, but the broadcaster will not be bringing it back for another season despite this.

In a statement given to, an ITV spokesperson explained: “I’m A Celebrity… South Africa was commissioned to air in 2023 to celebrate favourite campmates from the past 20 years as they returned to the jungle.

“The series was one of the biggest entertainment shows of the year averaging 5.2 million across its consecutive weeknight run and reaching over 1 million 16-34s for the launch episode.”

However they added due to its nature: “It was never planned for the series to return again this year.”

I’m A Celebrity South Africa series one saw former I’m A Celebrity conestants including Joe Swash, Carol Vorderman and Myleene Klass compete against each other in a series of trials. 

Unlike the Australian show, the winner was decided away from a public vote as the series was pre-recorded. However, hosts Ant and Dec were still around to present the all-star series.

Klass eventully emerged victorious after a nasty face off between her and Jordan Banjo in which they had to consume a set of foods including chicken intestines, fermented eggs and stinky tofu. 

Following her win, Klass donated her £100,000 prize money to the charity Save the Children UK, telling viewers at the time: “I’ve seen for myself, this money will go far. The mouse tails and rotten tofu were worth it.”