MORE than 3.6million people tuned in to watch Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea named Love Island’s surprise winners, according to ITV.
A further 400,000 fans streamed the episode on other devices.
The climax of the ITV2 series was watched by 3.63million, up slightly from the 3.56million who tuned in to see Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham crowned last year.
It made it the most watched Love Island final ever and the most viewed episode of the series, which has been a ratings triumph for the channel.
Amber and Greg beat favourites Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury in a shock twist.
They are the first winning pair who have not been together for most of the series.
Greg only entered the villa in the July 16 episode as the very last bombshell of the two-month series.
He said: ‘I never thought this was going to happen at any stage.
‘I wasn’t even in the villa two weeks ago, I wasn’t here two weeks ago and obviously the public saw us kick it off and it just went from there.’
Amber said: ‘It’s amazing, I have no words.’
Romance blossomed between the pair after Amber was dumped by Michael Griffiths for Joanna Chimonides.
After Joanna was axed, Michael showed an interest in reviving his romance with Amber but she chose to pursue the newcomer.
The pair now stand to rake in lucrative fees in endorsements and appearances.
Amber already has 1.8million followers on Instagram and Greg has 587,000.
It is the first series since ITV announced an enhanced duty-of-care process for participants on the show, including a minimum of eight therapy sessions.
The deaths of former Love Island contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis led to increased scrutiny on ITV over the reality show’s aftercare.
Yesterday, Ofcom announced proposals for new rules to ensure people who take part in television and radio shows are properly looked after by broadcasters.
One guideline is advising potential participants on steps to minimise or limit social media contact post-transmission.
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched an inquiry into reality TV following the deaths of Gradon and Thalassitis and The Jeremy Kyle Show participant Steve Dymond.
After the winners of this latest series were announced, runners up Molly-Mae and Tommy said they were thrilled for Amber and Greg.
‘Amber has had a hard time in here, she deserves everything that’s coming to her,’ said boxer Tommy.
As well as the title, the winning couple were given a cheque for £50,000.
The final saw Ovie Soko and India Reynolds come third, and Curtis Pritchard and Maura Higgins fourth.
During the final episode, the contestants made declarations of love to each other as they went to a romantic summer ball.
Greg wrote a poem for Amber, in which he said he loved that she was ‘unique’.
Amber, who had a tough time when she was ditched by Michael, replied that Greg had changed her experience at the 11th hour.
‘You picked me up when I was at my most vulnerable and helped me to rediscover my smile,’ she said.
The series has been a huge hit, with millions tuning in for the couplings, dumpings and drama. It was viewed by more than six million at its peak.
It has been announced that next year the show will run for two series.