Love Island has been the subject of thousands of complaints to broadcasting regulator Ofcom this year.
Numerous allegations have been made regarding ‘bullying’ and ‘misogynistic’ behaviour in the villa.
Ofcom has also received complaints about the aftermath of the Mad Movies challenge, as well as the impact of Adam Collard’s return on former Islander Jacques O’Neill.
But how many complaints has the 2022 series had in total (so far), and is it comparable to past seasons?
Here’s all you need to know.
How many Ofcom complaints has Love Island had this year?
According to weekly audience reports on Ofcom’s website, Love Island 2022 has received a total of 5,525 complaints, as of the episode which aired on Monday, July 25.
Most complaints have been made over the last few weeks, as opposed to the very start of the series in June.
Love Island: Aftersun has separately received a total of 427 complaints – after guest panellists made comments about Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu’s behaviour with bombshell George.
Ofcom reveals how many complaints each episode has had, but doesn’t reveal if a single episode has had less than 50 complaints – so it’s possible that the true number could be slightly higher.
The regulator also notes on its weekly reports: ‘Inclusion or omission of a programme on this list is not indicative that Ofcom is investigating the broadcast.
‘The number of complaints received is not an indication of how serious an issue is.’
What about previous series of Love Island?
While more than 5,500 complaints seems like a lot, it’s not the most complaints a series of Love Island has ever received.
The 2021 series was most controversial, with (at least) 33,540 complaints made to Ofcom in total.
Contestant Faye Winter was subjected to 24,763 Ofcom complaints that year, after she and Teddy Soares got into a blazing row over what she’d seen during the Mad Movies challenge.
Teddy was caught on camera telling contestant Clarisse Juliette that he was attracted to her.
A Freedom of Information request, published on Ofcom’s website, states that the 2020 series received a smaller 1,776 complaints, while 2019’s series saw 3,104 complaints.
In 2018, Love Island received 4,195 complaints total, according to MailOnline.
More than half of those complaints – 2,644 – involved Dani Dyer, after she was left crying in the Beach Hut because she thought her partner Jack Fincham was going to cheat on her.
What is Ofcom and what does it cover?
Ofcom is the regulator for the communications services that we use and rely on each day.
The watchdog makes sure people get the best from their broadband, home phone and mobile services, as well as keeping an eye on TV and radio.
Ofcom deals with most content on television, radio and video-on-demand services, including the BBC. However, if your complaint is about something you saw or heard in a BBC programme, you may need to complain to the BBC first.
Its rules for television and radio programmes are set out in the Broadcasting Code.
The rules in the Broadcasting Code also apply to the BBC iPlayer.
This Broadcasting Code is the rule book that broadcasters have to follow and it covers a number of areas, including; protecting the under-18s, protecting audiences from harmful and/or offensive material and ensuring that news, in whatever form, is reported with due accuracy and presented with due impartiality.
Audiences can complain to Ofcom if they believe a breach of the Broadcasting Code has been made.
Every time Ofcom receives a complaint from a viewer or listener, they assess it to see if it needs further investigation.
If Ofcom decide to investigate, they will include the case in a list of new investigations, published in the Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin.
An investigation is a formal process which can take some time depending on the complexity of the issues involved.
Ofcom can also launch investigations in the absence of a complaint from a viewer or listener.