Love Island in numbers – winning couples, prize money and complaints

Love Island 2021's cast has finally been revealed!

The fan favourite show will return on June 28 on ITV2 with Laura Whitmore back hosting and comedian Iain Stirling doing the narration once more.

Every night, millions will tune in to see the cast cosy up in the villa with its Hideaway, Casa Amor and plenty else besides.

To celebrate, Birmingham Live crunched some numbers behind the hit reality show that has kept audiences hooked for the past five years. Here they are, from the 12 million users on its game, to its single BAFTA award.

12 million

A Love Island app was released in 2017 by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, and Love Island: The Game was released in 2018 by Fusebox Games. It was reported by the Evening Standard in 2020 that globally, 12 million people play the game.

6 million

That is how many viewers watched the 2019 launch episode – the highest ever.

Love Island racked up over four million viewers for the 2020 launch.

But that was down on a year previous, which saw a staggering 5.9 million viewers tune in as the likes of Molly-Mae Hague entered the villa.

The 2019 final was watched by 5.6 million – up from 2020's final, which drew just 3.9 million.


To survive in the villa the Islanders must be coupled up with another Islander, whether it be for love, friendship or money, as the overall winning couple receives £50,000.


The show has received numerous complaints, with 4,100 people lodging official complaints about the 2018 series over issues such as the footage aired and how contestants have treated one another.


That is how many people applied to the 2020 series, which was the last series filmed before the pandemic.

The 2020 installment aired from South Africa, with Laura Whitmore presenting the show on ITV2.

Finn Tapp and his partner Paige won the series that year.


With six seasons under its belt, Love Island's episodes hit 244 in 2020.


The summer villa—used for the series that takes place during the summer—is located in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, Mallorca, with 69 cameras filming the Islanders.


The 2018 series was the biggest series so far, spanning over 59 days in the villa and featuring a whopping 38 islanders.


That is how many episodes have been in the longest-running seasons: 2018 and 2019.

The series – which ran from early June to late July – saw 49 episodes broadcast.

2020 saw just 36 episodes that year.


The show's popularity has spawned an international Love Island franchise, with fifteen versions of it having been produced so far.

Related shows include Love Island Sweden, Love Island USA and Love Island Australia.


Love Island has been won by six couples so far.

Jess Hayes and Max Morley

Cara De La Hoyde and Nathan Massey

Amber Davies and Kem Cetinay

Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham

Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea

Finn Tapp and Paige Turley


Love Island has had two hosts over the years: Laura Whitmore and the late Caroline Flack.

Ms Flack's death aged 40 in February 2020 sparked an outpouring of grief and tributes from across the Love Island family.


There have been two production locations for Love Island over the years. The main one that is probably a bit more recognisable is Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, Spain.

But of course, due to the 2020 series airing in winter, production switched to Cape Town, in South Africa.


Love Island is also award-winning – having won one BAFTA.

In 2018, Love Island received the BAFTA TV Award for the 'Best Reality and Constructed Factual' category.

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