ITV2’s Love Island, will return for a brand new series in 2018 the channel has confirmed.

“At ITV2, we couldn’t be more thrilled with how Love Island fever has gripped the nation. Now established as the perfect series to start the summer, we’re delighted to be bringing the show back for our young adult audience in 2018.” – Head of Digital Channels & Acquisitions Paul Mortimer

The seven week series has seen its islanders’ antics become one of the country’s biggest conversation topics, with record ratings making it ITV2’s most successful format amongst 16-34s.

Now in its third series, fully aggregated data, which is currently available up until 9th July, shows that Love Island has to date hit a top total cross-platform audience of 3.8 million viewers (for the episode broadcast on 7th July).

Younger audiences are driving the ratings, with the series averaging a 30.2% share of 16-34s which is up 90% year on year and is more than four-times the 16-34 audience achieved by series one.

Looking at consolidated data for 16-34 viewing, Love Island is to date averaging 1.4 million 16-34 viewers per episode, and a 32.3% share which is up by over half a million viewers/67% year-on-year. For 16-24s Love Island is averaging 685,000 viewers per episode, and a 41.7% share of their viewing (up 51% year year).

The series, which sees sexy singletons searching for love in a sunshine paradise, has generated numerous watercooler moments, with the exploits of couples including Kem and Amber, Camilla and Jamie and Olivia and Chris keeping viewers gripped throughout the Summer.

“We are delighted that viewers have embraced Love Island so wholeheartedly; it has become the most talked about show of the summer. We are thrilled that we will be back with a new series next year.” – ITV Studios’ Creative Director for Entertainment, Richard Cowles

Love Island is an ITV Studios and Motion Content Group co-production.

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