RATINGS! Love Island 2019 launches to record viewing figures

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Love Island broke its own rating records with last night's launch show.

A peak audience of almost 4 million viewers tuned in on ITV2 to watch Season 5 kick off.

The Love Island launch last night was the highest rating programme at 9PM across all channels, winning the slot with 3.3 million viewers and 18.5% share.

The episode peaked with 3.7million viewers, up by 10% on the viewing figures to last year's launch.

Across all devices, the show peaked with 4.2 million viewers, with almost 500,000 extra viewers watching online via the ITV Hub.

Last night’s launch is the most watched launch episode to date, up on the launch to Series 4 by 300,000 viewers.

It is also the most watched programme for 16-24 years olds on TV so far this year, with 622,000 16-24 year old viewers, and a 59% share of 16-24 year old viewing. The launch show had a 57% share of 16-34 year old viewing, and 1.6m 16-34 year old viewers.

The opening episode saw the introduction of ten new Islanders: Amber Gill, Amy Hart, Anna Vakili, Anton Danyluk, Callum Macleod, Joe Garratt, Lucie Donlan, Michael Griffiths, Sherif Lanre and Yewande Biala.

Host Caroline Flack coupled the singletons up for the very first time this year, before a surprise twist.

At the end of the 90-minute opening episode, two brand new guys dropped in as Curtis Pritchard and Tommy Fury entered the villa.

Tonight they'll have first choice of who to couple up with, ultimately leaving two other guys single and vulnerable.

The brand new series of Love Island continues nightly on ITV2 at 9PM.

Narrated by Iain Stirling, the series also airs a spin-off show After Sun on Sunday nights at 10PM.

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