Love Island premiere drew record-breaking number of viewers for ITV2

Love Island has hooked the nation ever since its bikini-clad singles first graced the screen.

And the UK’s love of the ITV2 show was clear from the very first episode after it drew in a record-breaking 5million viewers for its premiere.

The reality dating show, hosted by Caroline Flack, beat Poldark, Our Girl and The Split.

Its first episode attracted 4.1million TV viewers over the first seven days either live or on catch-up. An extra million viewers watched via ITV hub.

The fourth series’ second episode saw 3.3million viewers tune in, which was 100,000 more than BBC drama Our Girl starring Michelle Keegan.

A source told The Sun : "It’s by far the most successful show in ITV2’s history and is the biggest audience on a digital channel since the Olympics on BBC Three in 2012."

The ITV2 dating show has already got off to an incredibly dramatic start in 2018, with one Islander already leaving the show.

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Love Island fans were left heartbroken when Niall Aslam suddenly quit the villa .

The Harry Potter enthusiast had charmed viewers, but left for "personal reasons".

It has since been revealed that he left for "health reasons" as bosses on the show mutually decided, along with the rainbow-fish lover, that it was time he headed home.

*Love Island airs tonight at 9pm on ITV2

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