Yet another season of love Island #love Islandis over, after the winter iteration of the ITV2 show came to an end last night in South Africa.
Host Maya Jama brought the glam as she oversaw the proceedings, with a public vote resulting in love d-up Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinanan being crowned the winners.
Ron Hall and Lana Jenkins wound up as the runners-up in second place, with Tom Clare and Samie Elishi finishing in third, and Tanya Manhenga and Shaq Muhammad finishing in the fourth spot.
While many people tuned in to see how the final episode would unfold, the programme attracted far fewer viewers than last year, with its lowest ratings for the grand finale in seven years.
Only 1.1million people tuned into ITV2 for 90 minutes from 9pm on Monday evening, according to Barb data from overnights.tv.
In comparison, 3.4m people watched as Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti took home the £50,000 cash prize in 2022, with the winning couple still going strong seven months later.
ITV informed Metro.co.uk that the final of Winter love Island #love Island2023 had 1.3m viewers in total across all devices, becoming the most-watched programme among the 16 to 24 demographic on any channel on Monday evening.
The audience is said to have peaked at 1.5m viewers, according to the broadcaster, while the series is currently averaging 2.8m viewers when catch-up is also taken into account.
The competition is the most-watched programme on ITVX so far this year based on its 157m streams, the company added.
In 2021, almost 3m viewers watched Liam Reardon and Millie Court win the show, while the previous year, close to 2.5m tuned in for Finn Tapp and Paige Turley’s victory during the winter season.
Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea’s win in the summer of 2019 brought in more than three million viewers, as did Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham in 2018.
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