After Jess Harding and Sammy Root were named winners and the ratings were tallied, Love Island was declared over for another season.
ITV2 viewers are upset over the vote, with many saying it was “rigged” and calling for a “recount” after fan favourites Whitney Adebayo and Lochan Nowacki finished second and third, respectively.
While Molly Marsh and Zachariah Noble placed fourth, Tyrique Hyde and Ella Thomas finished third.
The show had more viewers than the winter season, which saw Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinanan named the champions, even though many people turned in to watch how the final episode would play out.
While just 1.5 million people saw Jess and Sammy win, 3.4 million people watched last summer’s season, which saw Ekin-Su Culculoglu and Davide Sanclimenti win.
‘Last night, Love Island came to an end with 1.5m viewers across all devices,’ an ITV spokeswoman said. By +0.2m viewers, it outperformed the series 9 finale that aired earlier this year.
‘It had 0.5m 16-34 TV viewers, up on the final earlier in the year by +0.2m viewers. It was the most watched programme for 16-34s on any channel yesterday.
‘For 16-34s, Love Island has won the overnight 9pm slot 45 times. That’s over 90% of episodes, excluding Unseen Bits.
‘Love Island has had over 300m streams on ITVX so far this year (based on streams to all series of Love Island).’
Nearly 3 million people tuned in to see Liam Reardon and Millie Court win the programme in 2021, compared to nearly 2.5 million viewers the year before who witnessed Finn Tapp and Paige Turley win during the winter season.
More than three million people watched Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea’s victory in the summer of 2019, much like Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham did in 2018.
More than 2 million people saw Amber Davies and Kem Cetinay win in 2017 whereas over 1 million people watched Cara De La Hoyde and Nathan Massey win in 2016.
Love Island is available to stream on ITVX.
Source My Celebrity Life.