View­ing fig­ures down

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

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