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ITV2 smash hit Love Island will NOT move to ITV in 2018, broadcaster confirms

Bosses don't want to risk alienating the show's young audience

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An ITV boss has confirmed that Love Island will NOT be leaving ITV2 following its mammoth ratings success.

This year's series of the summer reality show proved wildly popular with viewers, smashing records for ITV2.

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Its grand final now ranks as the multichannel's most watched broadcast ever, with a consolidated average of 3.06million viewers.

Crucially, it also repeatedly thrashed Channel 5 rival Big Brother, which this year suffered new ratings lows.

Love Island's unprecedented success triggered speculation that chiefs might promote it back to the main ITV channel, where it started life in 2005.

TV presenter Davina McCall was among those who predicted the move.

"They are going to go on to ITV next year for sure," she claimed last month. "They would be lunatics if they didn’t."

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But fans who want Love Island to remain exactly the same can breathe a sigh of relief, as the broadcaster has confirmed it has no plans to move the show.

ITV's director of television Kevin Lygo said he doesn't want to alienate the loyal young audience it has built up.

Speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival yesterday (via I Talk Telly), Lygo commented: "If you move it, yes you’ll get a high rating.

"But you’d lose some of the cache, some of the cool, some of the young viewers and gain some older viewers which we can get elsewhere.

"I think it’s best kept on ITV2 where it’s the stand out, most-talked about show of the summer."

Unsurprisingly, ITV2 wasted no time in commissioning a fourth series of Love Island to air in 2018.

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Tens of thousands of hopefuls have already applied to couple up in the show's Spanish villa.

However, producers recently ruled out the possibility of a winter-themed spin-off.