This year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year ratings have almost halved compared to 2019.
The two-hour ceremony took place on Sunday night, achieving 4.75m viewers at its peak and dipping as low as 2.3m.
As the Sun reports, the figures represent a significant drop off compared to the 8.6m achieved during the 2019 show.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year saw Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton named the winner for the second time after a record breaking 12 months.
Hamilton was the favourite to win the award after equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles with his fourth consecutive championship.
After winning the award, the British driver said: ‘I want to say congratulations to all the incredible nominees. I’m so proud of what they have achieved.’
He added: ‘I want to say thank you to everyone that has voted for me. I wasn’t expecting this knowing there’s so many great contenders. ‘I want to say Merry Christmas to everyone – it’s been such an unusual year and I want to mention all the frontline workers and all the children round the world, I want you to try and stay positive through this difficult time, I’m sending you all positivity. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.’
The driver beat Stuart Broad, Hollie Doyle, Tyson Fury, Lewis Hamilton, Jordan Henderson and Ronnie O’Sullivan to claim the award.
Elsewhere, Liverpool Football Club won the team of the year prize, with manager Jurgen Klopp and captain Henderson collected the award.
Captain Tom Moore won the Helen Rollason award after he raised £39million for the NHS, while Marcus Rashford was honoured with a special award after his work to raise awareness of child food poverty in the UK.
The ceremony brought a contrasting end to the weekend for the broadcaster, after the BBC managed its ever figures for a Strictly Come Dancing final, with 13.25m viewers tuning in to see Bill Bailey win the show on Saturday.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year is available to catch up on BBC iPlayer.
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