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Race Across the World, the BBC’s hugely successful and much-loved BAFTA-award winning series which reaches its heart-stopping finale tonight, has achieved an incredible 28-day consolidated figure of 7.1million for episode one and an equally high figure of 7.1million for episode two.

This makes Studio Lambert’s original format the biggest BBC Factual title of the year to date. It is up almost 1million on last year’s launch show with over 3m / 44% viewing the show on BBC iPlayer, making it the 5th biggest show on iPlayer so far this year.

The series has also proved a hit with young audiences with figures for 16-34 year olds averaging 1.1m across the first two episodes, with a with a huge 66% of viewing on BBC iPlayer.

BBC Commissioning Editor Michael Jochnowitz says: “I’m thrilled that this series has resonated with audiences to such an extraordinary extent, and performed so well on iPlayer. RATW’s audience has always been very special and very loyal and it’s incredible to see its numbers soar to such new heights.”

Tim Harcourt, Chief Creative Officer at Studio Lambert adds: “We are very excited that Race Across The World has reached this amount of viewers. It is testament to the hard work of all the teams that put the series together. It’s a gigantic feat to plan a show of this scale; from the casting team, the filming teams on the ground, the editors, production management and everyone else that has made this fourth season so incredible – we can’t wait for people to see the final episode.”

This year audiences have been captivated by the five intrepid duos as they have battled it out in a breath-taking 15,000 kilometre race across several countries in Eastern Asia.

In tonight’s final episode viewers will find out which couple emerges victorious and claims the cash prize of £20,000.

Studio Lambert recently won a BAFTA in the Factual Entertainment category for its sister show, Celebrity Race Across the World.


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