Endemol Shine has hinted a "future opportunities" for a "new chapter" of Big Brother in the United Kingdom after Channel 5 confirmed that this season of the reality show will be the last on the Viacom-owned broadcaster.
The upcoming series of 'Big Brother' will be the last to air on Channel 5, it has been confirmed.
Cian will be joined by 13 other housemates on the hit reality TV series, which returns to Channel 5 tonight at 9pm.
Last year's series finale had just 1.1 million viewers.
Alongside a teaser clip, the post said: 'The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last - of either celebrity or civilian versions - on Channel 5'.
Ratings fell towards the end of its Channel 4 run and in 2011 Channel 5, then owned by Richard Desmond, signed a contract with Endemol to acquire the programme. We'd like to thank Endemol and all of the production team who have worked tirelessly to make the show a success.
The announcement follows the conclusion of the recent series of Celebrity Big Brother, which was beset with controversy from the start.
Majella Carrigan was contacted by The Nationalist newspaper this week but would not confirm or deny that her son was about to be one of 14 contestants to enter the Big Brother house.
However, it remains unclear if another broadcaster could pick up the rights to "Big Brother", as Channel 5 did when Channel 4 made the decision to drop the show.
"We'd also like to thank our brilliant presenters - Emma on "Big Brother" and Rylan from "Bit On The Side" - for their consummate professionalism, Marcus, the voice of "Big Brother" and all of the housemates who have created so many memorable moments".
Watch this space, Big Brother, it seems, is.
It noted that the latest version of Celebrity Big Brother, which featured Cheers star Kirstie Alley, was C5's highest rating show of the year, grew its audience by 17% year-on-year and tripled the network's slot average for 16-24 year olds.
Meanwhile, Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On The Side host Rylan Clark-Neal released a statement to Twitter to express his sadness.
In a message on Twitter, he said hoped that "one day Big Brother will return" adding "my focus now, as with the rest of the team is to make our last series the best yet".
Earlier this week, Hertsmere Borough Council approved an application for the current "Big Brother" house to remain standing for three more years.