Network Ten has announced this morning it will air a second series of its Great Australian Spelling Bee, to go live in 2016.
The Spelling Bee debuted with co-hosts Grant Denyer and Chrissie Swan August 3, with the first episode greeted with nearly a million viewers and lots of Twitter love.
Per Network Ten, the reality spelling show has increased the network’s capital city audience by 43 per cent.
Network Ten chief programming officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “We are delighted with how Australians have embraced The Great Australian Spelling Bee and welcomed these amazing kids into their homes and hearts.
“From the start, we realised this was a very special show and that its stars – the talented and inspiring eight to 13 year old spellers – would have viewers laughing, crying, cheering and spelling along with them. The Great Australian Spelling Bee is fresh, different and always compelling. Commissioning a second series was an incredibly easy decision for us to make.”
The Great Australian Spelling Bee is produced by Endemol Shine Australia.
Endemol Shine Australia CEO, Mark Fennessy, said: “We’re extremely proud that this simple yet original concept has been so warmly received and supported. We look forward to presenting even more of Australia’s brightest and brilliant young talent in this exciting family entertainment series.”