Return of Come Dine With Me South Africa bolsters ratings for BBC Entertainment

We are delighted to bring an even more scrumptious helping of Come Dine With Me South Africa with Season Two ... there are plenty more tears, tantrums and tactics to come!”Tracy Forsyth, Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide Channels
Date: 26.09.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.11
The second series of phenomenally popular and critically acclaimed Come Dine With Me South Africa - an original commission of ITV’s hit format for BBC Worldwide Channels - returned to BBC Entertainment South Africa on Monday 24th September, bolstering ratings for the channel by 64% amongst DSTV individuals (4+). [Compared to the previous two month timeslot average]

The second series of phenomenally popular and critically acclaimed Come Dine With Me South Africa - an original commission of ITV’s hit format for BBC Worldwide Channels - returned to BBC Entertainment South Africa on Monday 24th September, bolstering ratings for the channel by 64% amongst DSTV individuals (4+). [Compared to the previous two month timeslot average]

During the premiere time slot BBC Entertainment reached over 160,000 DStv individuals (4+) [Reach 1min+] doubling audience share for DStv viewers aged 16-25 and doubling the ratings for adults 25-50 compared to the previous three month average.

Come Dine With Me South Africa’s premiere broadcast also attracted 147% more DStv individuals (4+) than recorded in primetime [18:00-24:00] during September thus far.

The antics of the contestants on the show also proved to be a keen topic of discussion for viewers with #ComeDineSA trending number one on Twitter in South Africa during the series premiere as well as later that evening and the following morning. The premiere garnered over 2,000 tweets, an increase of 366% compared to episode one from the first season.

Tracy Forsyth, BBC Worldwide Channels and Executive Producer comments: “We are delighted to bring an even more scrumptious helping of Come Dine With Me South Africa with Season Two. We believe, with the help of our production partners Rapid Blue, we've delivered a hugely entertaining series and the positive response from the viewers has been overwhelming. The good news is that there are plenty more tears, tantrums and tactics to come!”

Come Dine With Me South Africa, a local version of ITV Studios’ hit format and made by South African production company Rapid Blue, follows four contestants as they take it in turn to cook up their idea of the perfect evening. The contestants cook their very best dishes, snoop round each other’s houses, and try to outwit each other as they mark each dinner party out of ten to win shopping vouchers and a cash prize.

Come Dine With Me South Africa was the first time an original series was made and aired on BBC Worldwide Channels in the EMEA region and made its debut on BBC Entertainment in South Africa in October 2011. The series proved to be a phenomenal ratings and critical success, attracting over 100,000 viewers per premiere episode and reaching more than 2.5 million DStv viewers overall. Over the course of the first series BBC Entertainment was the number one international channel for DStv viewers during its 21:00 – 22:00 time slot.

Commenting on the success of series 2 debut, Ian McDonough, SVP and General Manager EMEA, BBC Worldwide Channels says: “Given the fantastic response to the first series we knew that it was going to be a hard act to follow but we had faith in our production and the hugely entertaining contestants that have come forward to compete for the title of South Africa’s ultimate dinner party host. I was delighted to see all the positive comments from viewers on social media and can promise that there are more jaw-dropping and laugh out loud moments to look forward to during the course of the series.”

Come Dine With Me South Africa is sponsored by Pick n Pay in association with Defy Appliances and Nestle. The brand new series continues on BBC Entertainment (DStv Channel 120) every Monday at 20.00.

Come Dine With Me South Africa is a further example of BBC Worldwide’s ongoing commitment to commissioning original programming, targeting both local markets and a global audience.

Recent original commissions include Year of Adventures (5x50), which stars Ben Fogle for BBC Knowledge internationally and is based on the Lonely Planet book of the same name and Andy’s Wild Adventures (40x15) an exciting and innovative new commission for CBeebies which is made by the BBC’s Natural History Unit and makes its debut in South Africa in October.

Click to tweet: Return of #ComeDineSA delivers 64% ratings increase for @BBCENT_SA

For more information, please contact:

AFRICA:

Diane Chidrawi

Total Exposure

Diahann@totalexposure.co.za

+27 11 788 8725

 

Sanesh Maharaj

Total Exposure

Sanesh@totalexposure.co.za

+27 11 788 8725

 

 UK:

Louise Loffel

BBC Worldwide Channels

louise.loffel@bbc.com

44 (0)20 8433 3169

NOTES TO EDITORS

About BBC Worldwide Ltd. BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to exploit the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has five core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer Products and Global Brands. In 2011/12, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £155 million on headline sales of £1085 million and returned £216 million to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website: http://www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview

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