Neighbours fans beg for reboot as final episode attracts three million viewers

Neighbours fans have been left begging for a reboot of the soap after its final episode saw over 3 million viewers tune in to say goodbye.

The beloved Australian soap aired its final ever episode in the UK on Friday (July 22) after 37 years on screens and a host of world-famous stars who made their acting debuts in the series.

The grand finale saw past stars returning to the soap including Margot Robbie, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan and Guy Pearce as the residents of Ramsay Street said a fond farewell to Erinsborough.

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The same episodes in Australia aired on Thursday and drew the biggest ratings in over a decade.

UK ratings enjoyed an average of 2.6 million viewers, hitting a peak of 2.9 million.

The finale had an audience share of 17.5% and was fourth in the overall ratings behind BBC One's Commonweath Games coverage and ITV's Emmerdale and Coronation Street, which saw 3.5 million viewers flock to ITV.

Episodes in the lead-up to the final instalment were also a hit with viewers with the third to last getting 837,000 viewers, and 1.02million watching the penultimate offering

The emotional finale saw Neighbours pull in its best audience figures since July 2009, according to Mediaweek.

The episode left viewers emotional after a bittersweet walk down memory lane that saw past stars including Kylie, Jason, Margot, Guy, and Holly Valance and Jesse Williams all make an appearance.

Viewers also got to see fan favourite Toadfish finally tie the knot with Mel in emotional scenes, and the episode closed with a monologue from beloved wife and mum Susan Kennedy.

Viewers took to Twitter to share their reactions to the scenes admitting they were in "floods of tears."

One wrote: "My favourite television programme of all time has just ended. I’m an emotional wreck. Always wanted to live on Ramsey Street. Gutted. Bring back Neighbours!!"

Another added: "So how long is too long to be sat staring at a blank TV screen in a puddle of your own snot and tears? Asking for a friend…"

A third posted: "What can I say about that #Neighbours ending?! So many old faces and a glorious tribute to a wonderful show. Susan’s words were utterly perfect. I’m not crying, you’re crying."

A fourth social media user said: "Just me crying at the #Neighbours finale. The last episode was perfect. What to do with the rest of my life?!This show got me through the best & worst bits of my life, including my mum & I watching it whilst she was sick. Thank you @neighbours."

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