Long Lost Family beats Love Island in the ratings… just!

It was close!

Long Lost Family, which returned for a new series on ITV on Monday, narrowly beat Love Island in the TV ratings.

A respectable 3.2 million people, according to Broadcast, tuned in to see presenters Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell make more emotional reunions.

Normally ITV easily beats its sister channel ITV2 in the ratings, but Love Island is a powerhouse for ITV2 and on Monday it picked up an amazing 2.8 million viewers.

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Love Island host Caroline Flack

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If it was ever switched to ITV, Love Island would surely draw a huge audience.

Long Lost Family has been a big hit for ITV over the years, but it only narrowly beat BBC1’s War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita in the ratings.

Hugh and Anita

Hugh and Anita have had enough of plastic!

The documentary, which saw Anita Rani and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall start their three-part mission to combat the dangers that plastic poses to our ocean life, drew 3.1 million viewers.

Showing the continuing power of the soaps, Coronation Street on Monday, which saw David Platt and Nick square up, attracted the biggest audience of the night with 6.1 million viewers.