TOP Gear, the BBC’s most successful global show, is now so popular wives are complaining they cannot drag their husbands away from the television to watch shows they prefer.
BBC bosses say women even wrote asking them to reschedule the laddish motoring show during the most recent series because it clashed with other programmes.
Presenters Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May, have taken ratings through the roof, even eclipsing the BBC’s hit drama Call The Midwife.
After what are called “consolidated figures”, which include iPlayer downloads, Top Gear reached almost 12 million viewers for each of its two recent African specials.
It may yet beat the download record set last year by the Olympics Opening Ceremony of 3.26 million.
Top Gear currently stands at three million viewings. It has finished its current series but will return in the summer.