The 2021 final of ITV2 reality show Love Island has already been watched by 3.2 million fans, data showed.
On Monday, bookies favourites Millie Court and Liam Reardon won the show taking home the £50,000 prize minutes after making their relationship official in their final interview.
The fashion buyer’s administrator from Essex, 24, considered splitting from the bricklayer from Wales, 22, after he was unfaithful while in rival villa Casa Amor but the couple reunited to win the £50,000 prize money.
They beat Chloe Burrows and Toby Aromolaran in the final two while Teddy Soares and Faye Winter came in third. Kaz Kamwi and Tyler Cruickshank placed fourth in the star-studded competition.
According to figures from overnights.tv, an average of 2.8 million fans tuned in to watch the show live. Figures suggest some 400,000 have already watched it on ITV Hub meaning the viewing figure has already hit 3.2 million.
Final data indicating how many people watched the finale on catch-up services usually gets released at least a week after broadcast so no doubt the figure will increase in the next few days.
However, the figures were down on the last summer finale in 2019 which saw an average of 3.4 million viewers tune in to see Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea crowned winners.
The 2019 finale was the most-watched in the show’s history and saw a peak of 3.8 million people tune in.
The 2021 figure, however, was up 430,000 from the last series of the show which aired in early 2020. It was the first Winter Edition of the series, shot for the first time in Cape Town, South Africa. Finn Tapp and Paige Turley won the show and now they have made a success of their relationship in the real world.
The 2.8 million figure was also 160,000 more than the highest-rated episode of the series.
ITV2 confirmed the reality programme has been the most-watched TV show among the 16-34 demographic throughout the two months it’ has been on air.
ITV boss Kevin Lygo said: “We’re delighted that the final ended on a ratings high, rounding off a series that is on track to be the most popular yet, in terms of viewing on ITV Hub, and averaging over four million per episode across all devices.”