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Top Gear loses viewers but wins fans

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Two million fewer viewers tuned in for the latest incarnation of the BBC’s Top Gear than for its series debut last year.

The show, now presented by former Friends star Matt Le Blanc, and co-hosts Chris Harris and Rory Reid (pictured), was watched by an average of 2.8 million people, according to early data.

However, it was up against BBC One’s period drama Call The Midwife – which had 8.9m viewers – in the Sunday 8pm time slot, and later by the former BBC talent show The Voice, now on ITV/STV. The figures do not include those who will watch on catch-up.

Top Gear’s relaunch last year was a disaster – with Chris Evans and Le Blanc replacing long-running hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

Evans was panned for his presenting style – in particular for shouting his way through the programmes. Even so, the opening show scored 4.4 million viewers overnight.

Despite the viewing numbers for the new show the new show was well-received on social media.

One tweeted: “Top Gear is 100x better this season”, while another said: “Top Gear was pretty good. Better than last year’s series.”


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