The march of the masked celebrities will continue on Fox. The network has renewed The Masked Singer, an adaptation of a international format that pits costume-wearing celebrities against one another in a singing competition.
Neither the celebrities nor the judges — Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke — know the identity of the celebrities until they are booted. The show is hosted by Nick Cannon.
“The response to The Masked Singer has been fantastic and we are thrilled to bring it back for another season,” Fox’s reality programming president Rob Wade said in a statement. “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 2 being even more fun, weird and wonderful than the first.”
The series premiere earned a whopping 4.2 rating in adults and 13 million viewers. Fox says it is the highest-rated unscripted debut on any network in more than seven years (excluding post-NFL telecasts). It’s also this best new show debut and the No. 1 reality telecast of the last two seasons, besting The Voice, American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
It has also Fox’s most-watched unscripted debut in 11 years,.
In tonight’s episode, the Rabbit, Unicorn, Alien and Lion will compete. The show airs at 9 p.m. ET on Fox, and a special two-hour finale will air Feb. 27 from 8-9 p.m. ET.