No surprise here. Fox has renewed breakout celebrity competition series The Masked Singer for a second season. The Masked Singer is this season’s No. 1 new series and top unscripted show, which drew more than 17 million multi-platform viewers for its debut episode.
“The response to The Masked Singer has been fantastic and we are thrilled to bring it back for another season,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. “I am so happy to see a singing Peacock burst into pop culture! The Masked Singer is unique, bold, original and embraces the DNA of all the best Fox unscripted shows. We look forward to Season Two being even more fun, weird and wonderful than the first.”
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Based on the hit South Korean format, The Masked Singer features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity. Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke serve on the panel, playing detective alongside series host Nick Cannon.
The series premiere marked television’s greatest Live+7 gain from Live+Same Day among unscripted debuts ever in both adults 18-49 (4.2/17 L7, +1.2 from L+SD) and total viewers (13.0 L7 million, +3.6 million vs. L+SD). It is the highest-rated unscripted debut on any network in more than seven years (excluding post-NFL telecasts), this season’s No. 1-t debut on any network and the No. 1 reality telecast of the last two seasons, topping The Voice, American Idol and America’s Got Talent. The Masked Singer’s premiere has delivered 17.6 million multi-platform viewers to date, Fox’s most-watched unscripted debut in 11 years, while its 3.6 million viewers across Hulu and Fox Now mark the network’s most-streamed episode ever.
Produced by Endemol Shine North America, The Masked Singer was developed for the U.S. and is executive-produced by Craig Plestis. Izzie Pick Ibarra also serves as an executive producer, and Alex Rudzinski directs. Cannon, Nikki Varhely Gillingham and Rosie Seitchik serve as co-executive producers.
The Masked Singer airs at 9 PM Wednesdays on Fox.
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