Image copyright ITV Image caption New host Laura Whitmore with 23-year-old Manchester scaffolder Callum More than 2.5 million people tuned in for the launch of the first winter series of Love Island on Sunday – but that was 800,000 down on the figure for the opening of the last summer series.Viewers saw 12 singletons enter…

Laura Whitmore and Callum

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New host Laura Whitmore with 23-yr-feeble Manchester scaffolder Callum

More than 2.5 million other folks tuned in for the open of the first winter sequence of Like Island on Sunday – but that became 800,000 down on the resolve for the opening of the closing summer sequence.

Viewers noticed 12 singletons enter a brand new solar-drenched three-storey villa in South Africa for the ITV2 truth demonstrate.

They additionally purchased their first look of Laura Whitmore as host after she stepped in to change Caroline Flack.

The in a single day rankings count dwell viewing and produce no longer consist of take-up.

Like Island open exhibits

In a single day rankings by sequence

Here’s the first sequence to be screened outside the demonstrate’s standard summer slot. For the open of closing summer’s sequence, 3.3 million watched dwell. There’ll likely be one other summer sequence later this yr.

Sunday’s winter open became watched by a median of two.51 million viewers, in step with the in a single day rankings.

Those viewers noticed five men and seven females, at the side of identical twins, enter the villa in Cape City. The principle residents consist of Rochelle Humes’s sister Sophie, Lewis Capaldi’s ex-female friend Paige and Manchester policeman Mike.

Moreover the brand new villa, one other grand change became the brand new host. Flack needed to step down closing month after being charged with assault.

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Media captionLike Island: Internal the brand new villa in South Africa

Sooner than the sequence purchased under skill on Sunday, Flack sent Whitmore an correct success message. “Extensive correct success to Laura, Iain [Stirling] and the team for tonight’s open demonstrate…” she wrote on Instagram. “The principle one persistently the finest one.”

Frail contestant Megan Barton-Hanson told BBC Breakfast she belief Whitmore “entirely smashed it”.

And the presenter purchased a broadly obvious reception from followers on social media.

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