Jeremy Clarkson's final Top Gear episodes top BBC iPlayer requests

Top Gear's final two episodes with host Jeremy Clarkson gained more than 3.6 million requests on BBC iPlayer last month. The episodes were the most popular TV shows on the catch up platform for March.

Episode six of the series drew 2.17 million requests, making it the single most requested show on iPlayer in March, while Episode seven received 1.48 million download or streams after airing on 8 March.

BBC iPlayer's overall TV and radio figures were significantly lower than the previous month, with 255 million download or stream requests made across the service. The BBC commented that "measurement issues in March meant we were unable to capture a large volume of TV requests."

Despite the issues, Top Gear proved extremely popular again as the very last episodes with the presenting trio - Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May - attracted millions of viewers.

The BBC had "postponed" the final three episodes of the series following the decision to sack Clarkson for his fracas with a Top Gear producer. The corporation has hinted that it may show an edited special in order to broadcast unaired footage.

BBC1's The Voice was the second most watched entertainment show in March as 1.22 million requests were made on iPlayer for the eighth episode. The premiere of period drama Poldark (1.19 million) and episode nine of The Voice (1.14 million) rounded out the top five.

The BBC estimates that it failed to log around 6 million TV requests last month but the service still attracted an average 57 million requests on a weekly basis.

Source: Guardian

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