ITV2 have this evening confirmed that there will be another series of Love Island in 2017, after the show was recommissioned for a new year.
Eleven singletons arrived in the luxury villa in the hope of finding love at the beginning of the series, and the show went on become compulsive summer viewing, growing its audience week on week throughout the series.
The show achieved record audiences – doubling last year’s series average – with consolidated figures currently standing at an average of 1.3 million viewers/a 6% share of viewing across the series.
The series has been a huge success for ITV2’s target demographic of younger viewers, with an impressive 64% of the audience under 35.
Love Island achieved over one million viewers 11 nights of the series, making it the highest rating entertainment series on any digital channel in 2016.
Love Island has also established itself as a true multi-platform format with each episode generating an average of 1 million requests on The ITV Hub.
Rosemary Newell, Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions for ITV, said “Love Island has come back so strong this year, and become unmissable viewing, particularly with younger viewers, which is our focus on ITV2 .
As six weeks of hugely entertaining television come to a close, we’re delighted to be bringing the show back for a another run next year.”
Richard Cowles, Creative Director ITV Studios, said: ‘We couldn’t be more proud of the show which has found its perfect match in ITV2.
We had well over a million loyal viewers tuning in to each episode and a million more watching via the ITV Hub – all desperate to get the latest news from the Love Island villa.
We can’t wait to do it all again next year and have already started the search for a brand new cast of singles looking for love.’
Love Island will return to ITV2 in 2017.