Big Brother tipped for unexpected return as Winter Love Island ratings crash

Big Brother has been tipped for a sensational return as early as this year.

The doors to the famous house were slammed shut in 2018 as the show bowed out on Channel 5.

But we could be seeing presenter Emma Willis back on our screens very soon as bookies have slashed the odds on a comeback.

With Winter Love Island failing to hit the heights of the summer, there could be a massive gap in the market for another reality show.

The ratings dropped by almost a million views for the first ever winter launch – prompting calls for Big Brother to return.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Love Island may be reality TV's hottest property but there are whispers of a Big Brother comeback and the odds suggest it could well be on the cards this year."

Bookies cut odds from 10/1 to just 3/1 on a new series airing in 2020.

There has been a lot of speculation that Big Brother will rise from the dead from the people that worked on the show.

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Last year, Big Brother's Bit On The Side host Rylan Clark-Neal called for the show to return for the 20th anniversary,

He tweeted: "Today is @bigbrotherUK 19th birthday.

"Let's hope for its 20th he's back and bigger than ever. Happy birthday #BBUK."

While Marcus Bentley, who narrated every series between its UK inception in 2000, sent fans into a frenxy in November.

Retweeting a post from a Big Brother fansite, Marcus wrote: "I said this to my Mrs. yesterday – We're one year closer to BB's return!"

The original post had shared a video featuring former hosts Emma Willis and Davina McCall reflecting on what a cultural sensation the show had become.

This comes as Winter Love Island fails to get viewers watching at home during the cold months.

A massive 800,000 people less tuned in than for the show's most recent summer run, according to rating reports from the BBC .

The popular reality dating show – which is now in its sixth series – was watched by a total of 2.51 million on Sunday's launch.

This is in stark comparison to the 3.3 million fans who made sure to tune in for the debut episode of the summer series last year, which was won by Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea.

However, although these figures see a massive dip in viewership, they also only take into account those who were watching the show live.

These ratings fail to include all the bust fans who later tuned into ITV Player to catch their fix of the dating show.

*Love Island airs tonight on ITV2 at 9pm

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