'Top Gear' Steers BBC’s iPlayer to Record Month

Courtesy of History

The hit motoring show has since been taken off the air and its host, Jeremy Clarkson, sacked.

The month before it was taken off the air and its long-standing host, Jeremy Clarkson, ditched for punching a producer, Top Gear led the BBC’s digital VOD service iPlayer to record figures in the U.K.

Four episodes of the hit show landed in the first, second, third and fifth positions on February’s list of most-watched shows on the service, attracting 9 million views between them. At total of 299 million TV and radio programs were either streamed or downloaded, averaging a record 8.6 million a day in February, according to the BBC.

Although Top Gear has consistently been among the iPlayer’s most popular offerings, along with Sherlock and soap opera EastEnders, the figures illustrate the task the BBC has at hand in revamping the show post-Clarkson.

Due to the final three shows of Top Gear being postponed following the host's “fracas,” the results for March will likely show a drop in viewing figures.