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Top Gear Gets the Guinness World Record for Most Watched Factual Show


No true automotive junky can channel surf past Top Gear without at least stopping for a few minutes. Even if you can’t stand the show; the cars are bad ass, the driving is borderline insane, and Jeremy Clarkson’s snarly, sarcastic and brash attempts at humor are downright unsettling. That’s pretty much exactly what we love about the show.

Well, this extremely popular show – now watched in 212 territories around the world – has officially been named the “Most Watched Factual TV Program” by Guinness World Record. As expected, Jeremy Clarkson was front and center to accept the award with the rather bland “I am very proud to be associated with such a factual program” statement. Oh Jeremy, you are man of so many words…

Regardless of the “Eh, whatever” response, we tip our hats to the empire the Clarkson and his cohorts have built since 1977.

We tried finding out who owned the record before Top Gear, but the record seems to not exist in the 2012 edition of the book… Hm, interesting… We did, however, find out that you can submit your own world record. We wonder if there is a weird publicity stunt behind all of this. Nah, they would never…

Plus, Clarkson just looks oh so happy holding that plaque in the press image.

Press Release

"Dedication, oh oh, dedication, oh oh, dedication, that’s what you need. If you want to be a record breaker..."

That’s what we’ve been singing all morning in the office. Largely because Top Gear has just been crowned the world’s most widely watched factual TV programme... in the world!

The 2013 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records has certified that Jezza, Hamster, and Captain Slow have been watched by audiences in 212 territories around the world from Ghana to Guatemala, Moldova to Myanmar.

As he accepted the Guinness World Records 2013 book on behalf of the show, Jeremy Clarkson said: "I am very proud to be involved in such a factual programme."

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