Love Island pulls in a record-breaking 3.7m viewers for the hotly-anticipated launch of series five
- This is the biggest launch for the show yet, compared to the first series with launched with just 597,000 viewers
Love Island had a record-breaking number of viewers for the launch of series five, which aired on ITV2 on Monday night.
The show pulled in a massive 3.3m TV viewers, but a further 0.4m viewers streamed the show on non-TV devices, bringing the total average audience to 3.7m viewers.
This is the biggest launch for the show yet, compared to the first series with launched with just 597,000 viewers which increased to 825,000 for series two.
Wow! Love Island pulled in a record-breaking 3.7m viewers for the hotly-anticipated launch of series five which was shown on ITV2 on Monday night
Impressive: More people tuned into the Love Island launch than they did the Champions League final on BT Sport on Saturday, which had a 3.3million average number of viewers
The third series launch had an audience of 1.15million and series four averaged 2.81 million, with viewing figures peaking at 3.2million.
3.7million viewers is an impressive figure for a digital channel.
More people tuned into the Love Island launch than they did the Champions League final on BT Sport on Saturday, which had a 3.3million average number of viewers.
The new series of Love Island had been met with controversy even before it had begun following the suicides of two of its former contestants.
Popular: This is the biggest launch for the show yet, compared to the first series with launched with just 597,000 viewers which increased to 825,000 for series two
New show: Viewers tuned in their droves to see what the new batch of contestants were like
In contrast, ITV show, Jeremy Kyle was axed last month after Steve Dymond was found dead just says after appearing on the show.
Former Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis was found dead in a field close to his family home in March 15, aged just 26.
LOVE ISLAND LAUNCH FIGURES…
Series 1 – 597,000
Series 2 – 825,000
Series 3 – 1.15million
Series 4 – 2.81million
Series 5 – 3.7million
And Sophie Gradon was found dead at her parents’ home in Ponteland, Northumberland, last June aged when she was aged 32.
Producers of the show subsequently announced they will offer extensive care before, during and after the reality show.
This will include increased therapy, social media training and even financial management.
Love Island have vowed they will work with GPs and psychological consultants to ensure hopeful contestants’ mental health are strong enough to take part.
A Love Island spokesperson has said: ‘The medical team also contacts each Islander’s GP to check they feel that person is able to take part.’
During filming, there is also a medical team who can be talked with at any time, and who monitor contestants to ensure they do not develop problems inside the villa.
Tribute: Love Island viewers were left in tears after the show paid tribute to Mike Thalassitis three months after he was found dead in a woodland near his Edmonton home in March
When it comes to aftercare, Love Island ensure they give contestants a debrief on location with a psychological consultant.
Islanders are also given advice on adjusting to fame, and meet with a press team who go over any media coverage they had while on the show.
Producers also make sure each contestant has access to any other aftercare support if they need it, according to the publication.
For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, or see samaritans.org for details
Tragic: Sophie Gradon who took part in the 2016 series of the show, was found dead at her parents’ home in June 2018
Paying respect: Mike appeared on season three of Love Island in 2017 (pictured on the show)
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