Viewing figures down
TOP Gear returned to television on Sunday night with Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc at the helm but failed to reach the viewing figures of the last series with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
The show drew 4.4 million viewers, with a peak of 4.7 million, while the last series bowed out with 5.8 million viewers.
However, the BBC Two motoring show was still the most-watched programme in the 8pm time slot, beating Antiques Roadshow on BBC One and the British Soap Awards on ITV.
It also trumped the last time the show launched in 2002, when it got 3.5 million viewers.
The first episode of the new series saw Evans and LeBlanc driving Reliant three-wheelers from London to Blackpool in a UK vs USA competition, with Evans enjoying significantly more luck.