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Top Gear traffic continues to drive eyeballs to iPlayer

BBC viewing figures have shown that Top Gear is still drawing in viewers, despite the show as we know it being effectively dead in the water. 

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last month you’ll be well aware of the ongoing Top Gear soap opera, which has seen former host Jeremy Clarkson fired for assaulting a producer.

Co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond have also thrown the towel in, arguing that with no Clarky, there’s no party. Despite this, the motoring show is still proving a hit with viewers, perhaps keen to soak up what they can of the show, in its current form, before it disappears from the airwaves. 

According to the BBC’s official viewing figures, Top Gear accounted for 3.6 million views on iPlayer in March, marking a significant increase over February’s total, which saw Top Gear drawing in 2 million-odd views on the streaming service. 

iPlayer figures were also buoyed by Comic Relief, which notched up 1 million views for its take on the Great British Bake Off, and a clip showing Stephen Hawking’s appearance on the charity show, alongside David Walliams in a Little Britain-inspired sketch, tallied up 500,000 views. 

March also marked the end of DJ Zane Lowe’s popular Radio 1 show, and listeners flocked to the streaming service to enjoy his last ever appearance on the station. Lowe, who had been working at Radio 1 for over a decade, announced back in February that he was quitting his post and moving to the US to work for Apple. 

Speculation has been rife over the futures of Clarkson, May and Hammond. The presenters were papped together in London last week, prompting some to wonder whether they were working together on something new, and gossip has only increased since it was announced that Top Gear producer, Andy Willman, had tendered his resignation from the show.


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