Photos: The new Top Gear debuts, draws poor ratings & reviews

Chris Evans today denied the new series of Top Gear is a flop even though it lost up to a million loyal viewers and critics called the debut ‘disastrous’.
[post_ad]Presenter Chris Evans was nicknamed ‘Mr Shouty’ and a ‘poor man’s Clarkson’ as fans criticised his ‘no banter’ presenting style while former Friends star Matt LeBlanc was called ‘Mr Wooden’.

The BBC show was watched by an average of 4.3million people last night – peaking at 4.7million – compared to the 5.3million who watched the final episode starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May last June.

Fighting back today Mr Evans did not mention the 4.3million figure, but tweeted: ‘The new Top Gear is a hit. OFFICIALLY’.

He added: ‘23% audience share. 12% MORE than the opening episode of the last series. These are the FACTS. Top Gear audience grew throughout the hour. FACT. Won its slot. FACT. Still number one on iPlayer. FACT. These are THE FACTS folks.’

But last week he said his new show would not be considered a success if it is not watched by more than 5million viewers.

Former host, Jeremy Clarkson et al reading the tweets above:

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