Ant and Dec and ITV Extend Exclusive Deal
Ant and Dec have signed a new, exclusive three-year deal with ITV, extending the award winning duo's long running relationship with the broadcaster through to December 2016.
The new deal will include Ant and Dec presenting further series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, which returned this Sunday with its highest ever launch rating, Britain’s Got Talent which ITV have renewed for a further three years, and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, which drew its highest ratings in nearly a decade when it returned in 2013, averaging 8 million viewers across the series.
Ant and Dec joined ITV in 1998, presenting the Saturday morning shows SM:tv LIVE and CD:UK. They have been exclusively signed to the channel since 2000 and have won numerous awards including a staggering 23 National Television Awards (including Most Popular Entertainment Presenters for 12 consecutive years), six British Comedy Awards, a BAFTA and most recently, a trio of TV Choice awards including Best Entertainment Show for Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
Peter Fincham, ITV Director of Television, said: “Ant and Dec are consummate entertainers, their talent is such that they make it look effortless, and their ability to connect with our audience is unrivalled. Our creative relationship with them is a strong one, and I’m delighted we are extending it.”
Elaine Bedell, ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy said: “We love working with Ant and Dec in ITV Entertainment; whether it’s Britain’s Got Talent or Takeaway, or I’m A Celebrity, they bring a fantastic energy to everything they do.”
Ant and Dec said, “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with ITV for a further three years. After 15 years at the network we are still excited about continuing to make great shows for a great channel.”