UK digital TV channel Dave has seen a huge spike in viewers following Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘fracas’ which led to him being sacked from the BBC.
Since its launch in 2007 Dave has regularly aired repeats of Top Gear, usually attracting around 300,000 viewers per episode.
But, since the show was axed by the BBC, up to 500,000 fans now tune into episodes shown during the 8pm slot on Dave – making it the most watched programme on digital channels after Sky Sports’ football coverage.
Channel insiders reportedly describe the ratings boost as ‘the Clarkson factor’, while the repeats air under the tag ‘the only place to watch Top Gear.’
The Top Gear trio will be appearing in a series of live shows later this year, renamed Clarkson, Hammond and May Live.
The programme is expected to return to the BBC in the future – but it’s not yet confirmed who will present it.
Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans has quashed rumours that he’s being considered for the job, while London mayor Boris Johnson has said he’d love to be considered.
The latest names rumoured to replace the Top Gear trio include Sue Perkins, Jodie Kidd and Philip Glenister.