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Martin Compston who plays Steve Arnott, revealed that he, Adrian Dunbar (Ted Hastings), Vicky McClure (Kate Fleming) and series creator Mercurio had agreed to get “AC12million” tattoos if the show hit the milestone.
He joked that it was an “inconceivable and ridiculous scenario”.
But, despite being a controversial finale for fans, the show reached an average of 12.8 million people, with a 56.2 per cent share in overnight viewing figures, making it the most watched episode of a drama in 20 years, according to the BBC.
The episode also had a peak viewing figure of 13.1 million.
In a message on Twitter, Compston said: “Hey folks now the madness is slightly dying down just want to thank everybody who reached out about last night and the series as a whole, we’ve truly been blown away by the reaction and love for the show we’re proud of it.
“Fully understand it wasn’t the ‘urgent exit’ type ending some anticipated but we appreciate you sticking with us.
“Felt many emotions from excitement and anxiety at the hype to relief that it’s over. Now I just feel immense pride our show that started on Wednesday’s on BBC2 has just smashed every overnight drama record since they began.
“Finally myself, Vicky, Adrian and Jed made an agreement in the inconceivable and ridiculous scenario we ever got twelve million viewers we would get ‘AC12million’ tattoos. We’ll see who’s good to their word……”