NBC is yet to renew The Biggest Loser for season 18

The release date for The Biggest Loser season 18 — Pending

This article has the most up-to-date info on the status of The Biggest Loser season 18 as we continuously monitor the news to keep you in the know. NBC is yet to make a decision on its future. Subscribe to our automatic updates below.

About the series

The Biggest Loser is a hit American reality television series airing on NBC since October 19, 2004. Its current 17th season, released as The Biggest Loser: Temptation Nation, premiered on January 4, 2016. The series is produced by 3Ball Entertainment, Eyeworks, Reveille Productions, Shine America and Twenty-Five Seven Productions and executive produced by Eden Gaha. Numerous international franchises have been produced.

The series portrays overweight contestants in a competition to lose the highest percentage of their weight and win a substantial cash prize. They are placed on a strict diet and exercise upwards of four hours every day. The competition is complicated by grouping the participants into teams, and by various challenges that make the contest all the more interesting to watch and all the more difficult for the contestants. There are temptations of various sorts and immunity from elimination is granted for winning a particular challenge. Contestants get voted out, some may just be taken off the show for other reasons.

Controversy, ratings and renewal possibilities

There has been a lot of controversy around the methods utilized in The Biggest Loser. The diet employed, even though effective in the short-term, has both immediate and delayed adverse effects on health, some of which are very serious. Another negative point is the mean-spirited atmosphere on the show, with contestants regularly humiliated by the coaches. However, these factors do not seem to deter many viewers from watching, and the series has had smash ratings, especially up to and including the 15th season, when the show averaged 7.36 million viewers per episode. The 16th season, which is the last completed one, took a dip to an average 5.49 million, an impressive number nonetheless. Whether or not there will be an 18th season of this popular series depends on whether the current one maintains good ratings, so stay tuned for up-to-date information.

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