‘Tempt’ Us Two Times

As the final episode of “Temptation Island” airs tonight on Fox, network executives are already discussing a possible sequel to the libido-fueled reality hit.

Network brass are waiting until viewership numbers are in from the sixth and final episode tonight before deciding whether to order a second block of the controversial series, which entices unmarried couples to risk their relationships.

“We are considering a second ‘Temptation Island’ seriously,” said Gail Berman, president of Fox Entertainment. “We are waiting to see the numbers for Wednesday night, and a final decision will be made.”

“Temptation Island” suffered against competition from the Grammy Awards last week, falling to its lowest ratings since its Jan.10 premiere. The show’s fourth episode two weeks earlier, however, drew a robust 18.2 million viewers.

Sandy Grushow, chairman of the Fox Television Entertainment Group, a unit of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Ltd., suggested that Fox execs are rooting for the series.

“It’s a show that’s going to make a substantial amount of money,'” he said. “Our affiliates absolutely loved the show, and they’re waiting for ‘Temptation 2.'”