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Big Brother could be 'facing the axe' amid complaints and poor viewing figures

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Big Brother is reportedly facing the axe amid complaints and poor viewing figures

The current series is understood to be the penultimate in Channel 5's contract with programme makers Endemol, with one last show set for next summer.

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Tabloid reports have suggested the end could be near for the long-running reality format after almost two decades on air, with a renewal of the contract - at least for the 'civilian' series - in question.

This week a petition was launched to get the series canned, signed by hundreds of disgruntled viewers.

Big Brother presenters Rylan Clark-Neal and Emma Willis
Big Brother presenters Rylan Clark-Neal and Emma Willis

"Every year this prime time TV show is fronted by unacceptable violence, language, sexual exploitation, and scenes of unacceptable behaviour suitable for television viewing," the petition's description read.

It added: "The producers supply the housemates with copious amounts of alcohol, in the hope that it will attempt to cause eruptions with members, namely purposely getting a reaction to make what they think is good tv.

"Year upon year there are scenes of violence, past episodes of racial harassment, unacceptable behaviour and this is condoned by tv producers all in effort to gain viewing figures."

The complaints follow dropping viewing numbers for the series, which is being regularly crushed by new reality rival Love Island.

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The ITV2 show has regularly clashed with Big Brother since they launched head to head on the same night at the start of the month.

At the time, BBUK was actually just ahead in the ratings, with 1.2 million watching Love Island's opener and 1.3 tuning in for Big Brother's launch.

But now Love Island is getting twice as many viewers, hitting a series high of 1.7 million viewers on Monday night as Big Brother interested fewer than a million.

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Even the latest consolidated numbers - which include those who watch on catch up - show the gap between BB and Love Island to be wider than ever. Big Brother averaged 1.3 million viewers over its second week compared to Love Island's 2.2 million.

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The current series of Big Brother is set to last eight weeks, continuing nightly on Channel 5.

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