Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother are reportedly to be axed by Channel 5 by the end of this year due to poor ratings, it has been announced. The Daily Star reports that both the celebrity and civilian versions will be “consigned to the dustbin for good” 18 years after the show first aired. The original series, heavily focused on LGBT issues, are less popular among the audience. Channel 5’s contract with Endemol, the production company behind the format, ends later this year. Two more series are already slated for summer 2018, but the contract was not prolonged for both original and celebrity versions. “It would be the end of an era, but they feel the time is right for it to end,” the insiders say. The show brought in as many as 10 million viewers an episode at its peak. But recent editions of the show have fallen to just 800,000 people watching. Last summer, Channel 5 boss Ben Frow admitted he would like to see the show scrapped.