Big Brother vs Love Island: Who won the launch night ratings battle?
Channel 5 and ITV2 went head-to-head with the Big Brother and Love Island launch nights on Monday (June 5), but which show raked in the most views?
There was little in it when it came to the ratings results for the rival reality shows last night. However, according to overnight figures, Big Brother just managed to win the war.
The Channel 5 series attracted an audience of 1.32 million for the premiere episode, which aired between 8.30 and 10.30pm.
Love Island, on the other hand, enjoyed a commendable 1.2 million views when the opening show started half an hour later at 9pm.
They might have been pipped to the post by BB, but the overall ratings were a success for the dating series, having increased figures by around half a million since the 2016 launch night (which received 700,000).
While Love Island is clearly going from strength to strength, Big Brother scored the lowest ever ratings for a launch night of the non-celebrity series. The programme raked in 1.5 million in 2016, meaning yesterday’s show actually saw a 200,000 decrease.
For those of you that want to keep up with both of the reality television series this year, don’t worry. The rest of the episodes will now be airing at separate times, with ITV2’s Love Island beginning at 9pm and Big Brother following an hour later on Channel 5. However, the two shows will clash on a Friday when the live Big Brother evictions take place at 9pm.
Big Brother continues at 10pm on Channel 5.