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 Top Gear 

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Top Gear returned to BBC2 for its 21st series with more than 5 million viewers on Sunday night, its biggest launch show since 2011.

The return of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond had 5.3 million viewers, a 19.3% share of the audience between 8pm and 9pm.

This was enough to give BBC2 a rare ratings victory over ITV, which could only manage 4.3 million viewers (16.3%) for All Star Family Fortunes between 7.45pm and 8.30pm, and 4.2 million (15%) for the Dancing on Ice: Skate Off between 8.30pm and 9pm.

Top Gear, which accounted for half of the BBC’s top 20 most popular shows on the BBC’s iPlayer last year, was up on the 4.7 million who saw the show’s return last summer, and 5.1 million who watched in January 2012.

It was the most popular Top Gear opening episode since the start of series 16 in 2011.

A record 3bn television and radio programmes were accessed on the BBC’s iPlayer last year, with half of the top 20 TV shows made up of BBC2’s Top Gear.

The first part of an Africa special of the Jeremy Clarkson motoring show was requested 3.4m times on the BBC’s on-demand service, making it the most popular iPlayer programme in 2013, the corporation has revealed.

2011 and 2008 and 2007 and 2006 – ‘factual programme’ winner of the national tv awards

won a BAFTA, international emmy award, nominated for many others

Barb- 23th of march 2014 was rated 7th in the 10 most viewings on the BBC


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