Clarkson's joke, made before the watershed, has now sparked 517 complaints. But a BBC spokesman said that by Monday morning - before the incident had been reported on by newspapers and websites - there had been 188 complaints. Sunday's programme, which aired on BBC Two at 2000 GMT, was watched by around seven million viewers. click here
Sunday's Top Gear had 7m live viewers, the Wednesday repeat usually adds about 1/2m more, and the (very) regular repeats on Dave garner anything up to 1m viewers a time.
Then add the 350m viewers in the many countries it's exported to, and the millions of viewers of the country specific versions in Australia, Russia , US and India.
Top Gear is one of the most successful, and lucrative, BBC programs ever.
So yes, people still watch Top Gear.
I watch it, not for the advice on cars, because it never covers cars in my price range (reasonably priced), but because it's one of the funniest programs on TV these days, and for it's refreshing lack of political correctness - something we should all celebrate...