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10 most-watched Top Gear episodes

Published 29/06/2015

Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May proved to be a winning formula in the ratings for the BBC (BBC/PA Wire)
Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May proved to be a winning formula in the ratings for the BBC (BBC/PA Wire)

Ratings for the final episode of Top Gear to feature Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond fell well short of the 10 most-watched shows in the programme's history.

Sunday's edition attracted a provisional total of 5.8 million viewers: roughly two-and-a-half million below Top Gear's all-time high audience of 8.35 million in December 2007.

The figure of 5.8 million means it is also the least watched episode of Top Gear this year, though the total is likely to rise once additional views on the BBC iPlayer are taken into account.

Here are the 10 most-watched Top Gear episodes to date:

:: 1. December 2, 2007 - 8.35 million

Lewis Hamilton and James Blunt appeared as special guests.

:: 2. January 28, 2007 - 8.13 million

First episode after Richard Hammond's dragster crash.

:: 3. March 4, 2007 - 8.12 million

Special guests included Chris Moyles, Billie Piper and Jamelia.

:: 4. June 21, 2009 - 7.86 million

Michael Schumacher appeared disguised as The Stig.

:: 5. November 11, 2007 - 7.74 million

Simon Cowell was the special guest.

:: 6. November 2, 2008 - 7.74 million

Michael Parkinson was the special guest.

:: 7. July 26, 2009 - 7.69 million

Featured Brian Johnson of AC/DC as the special guest.

:: 8. February 25, 2007 7.58 million

Kristin Scott Thomas was the special guest.

:: 9. November 9, 2008 7.57 million

Starred special guest Will Young

:: 10. December 14, 2008 7.54 million

Guests included Sir Tom Jones and Jay Leno, plus the Top Gear Awards 2008.

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