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Love Island ratings dip for winter series launch

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Love Island ratings dip for winter series launch
New host Laura Whitmore with 23-year-old Manchester scaffolder Callum

More than 2.5 million people tuned in for the launch of the first winter series of Love Island on Sunday - but that was 800,000 down on the figure for the opening of the last summer series.

Viewers saw 12 singletons enter a new sun-drenched three-storey villa in South Africa for the ITV2 reality show.

They also got their first glimpse of Laura Whitmore as host after she stepped in to replace Caroline Flack.

The overnight ratings count live viewing and don't include catch-up.

Love Island launch shows

Overnight ratings by series

Source: PA Media/PWC

This is the first series to be screened outside the show's usual summer slot. For the launch of last summer's series, 3.3 million watched live. There will be another summer series later this year.


Sunday's winter launch was watched by an average of 2.51 million viewers, according to the overnight ratings.


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13 January 2020, 18:30