A lot was not expected of the season premiere of Top Gear, hosted by Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc among others, but the show has still experienced a dip in viewership at 4.3 million viewers in the UK.
According to ratings by Overnight.tv, the 23rd season of the series which premiered Sunday in the UK drew a slightly smaller audience compared to the first episode of the previous season which averaged 4.7 million overnight viewers, points out The Hollywood Reporter.
The show’s peak audience, meanwhile, was recorded with the final episode helmed by former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May last June, which drew 5.3 million viewers in overnight ratings, and a 5.8 million peak audience.
However, Evans says the show was a hit.
The new Top Gear is a hit. OFFICIALLY. 23 % audience share. 12% MORE than the opening episode of the last series. These are the FACTS.— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) May 30, 2016
But not a lot of people agree on it...
Top gear was terrible— George Lineker (@GeorgeLineker) May 30, 2016
The new #TopGear is what Jeremy Clarkson would disparagingly refer to as "rather too American." Tries so hard but is tamer than The Stig.— Raja Sen (@RajaSen) May 30, 2016
From what I understand, this is how the premiere of Top Gear went last night. pic.twitter.com/sf8xJurUgA— Andrew Blanchard (@AndyTheBlanch) May 30, 2016
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