Love Island ratings dip for first winter series show compared to summer 2019 launch

Love Island’s winter series ratings have dipped after the show launch on Sunday, with 800,000 fewer viewers tuning in.

More than 2.5million people tuned in for the show, which is currently being filmed in Cape Town, South Africa.

Compared to the summer series of the show, which was won by Amber Gill and Greg O’ Shea, less people tuned in to watch, however, the ratings currently only include live viewing and not those watching on catchup on the ITVHub.

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For the launch of last year’s summer series, 3.3million viewers watched live.

This series is also the first to be presented by Laura Whitmore after she replaced Caroline Flack on the show.

Caroline's exit from the show came just days after she was arrested and charged with assault by beating.

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But some fans of the show were begging for the former X Factor host to return to the role on Twitter.

One viewer cruelly wrote: "I can't believe we sacrificed Caroline Flack for this librarian. I'm sick."

A second added: "Lol Caroline Flack I miss you already," as another shared: "Laura trying to do that Caroline strut… making me shiver."

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While a fourth chimed: "Laura Whitmore is alright, no hate but she just doesn't have that same presence as Caroline."

Of course, the Irish beauty did also have a lot of support as she started her new job on the hit ITV2 show.

One fan tweeted: "Laura Whitmore is just something else, isn't she."

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A second suggested that Iain Stirling's girlfriend was better than any of this year's villa, as a third revealed: "I'm already feeling Laura much more than Caroline."

Another wrote: "Laura Whitmore is honestly the perfect replacement, always loved her," as a fifth said: "Laura has already nailed the slow walk."

One commented: "Laura Whitmore really came to take Caroline's gig didn't she?"

A final fan wrote: "I am rooting for Laura Whitmore yes Irish queen."

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