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Love Island’s Caroline Flack plays down Big Brother ‘ratings war’

ITV2 presenter says the reality TV rivals shouldn't be "put against each other"
- Posted on June 18 2017 at 09:57pm

Love Island presenter Caroline Flack

Love Island presenter Caroline Flack has offered her support to Big Brother 2017, saying the two shows shouldn’t be “put against each other”.

The ITV2 and Channel 5 programmes are seen as reality enemies fighting a “ratings war” – but although Big Brother once had the upper hand, it is now struggling to keep up.

While BB has rated below a million viewers for five nights running, Love Island has enjoyed its highest numbers yet since being revived in 2015.

This was particularly evident on Tuesday, when BB attracted just 819,000 viewers – almost half the 1.52million that tuned in to Love Island.

Now its frontwoman Caroline Flack has played down the rivalry, offering Big Brother some words of encouragement and praising hosts Emma Willis and Rylan Clark-Neal.

ITV2 Love Island logo

Caroline – who guest hosted Channel 4 spin-off show Big Brother’s Big Mouth for a week in 2008 – told the Daily Star: “I love Emma and I love Rylan. We all get on really well. I saw Emma last week and it’s always great to catch up.

“We make two really fun shows that shouldn’t be put against each other. I don’t think anything about Love Island makes it better TV than Big Brother. I think they’re both equally as good as each other.”

However, Caroline added that her work on the dating show means she’s “too busy” to watch Big Brother this year.

Although the ratings gap between the two shows has widened, they are only directly clashing three nights per week this year – with one involving Love Island‘s lesser-watched weekly recap episode.



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