In what can only be described as another blow for the rebooted series, newly-released viewing figures for Sunday night’s (12 June) episode reveal that just 2.4 million people tuned in to watch the episode.
This marks not just the lowest ratings not just for the current series of ‘Top Gear’, but also for the show overall in more than a decade, dating back to Jeremy Clarkson’s tenure as host.
However, ‘Top Gear’ did have stiff competition in its third episode, with Euro 2016 airing on another channel at the same time.
These figures also don’t take into consideration viewers who watched on catch-up services or the BBC iPlayer.
The third instalment of the current series saw the much-discussed “doughnut” stunts being aired, with all references to the controversial Cenotaph incident being removed completely from the episode.
Last week’s episode saw a slightly more impressive 2.8 million viewers tuning in, which prompted Chris Evans to speak out on Twitter, insisting that overnight ratings “could not be less relevant” in the current climate of TV.
He was singing a different tune just two weeks ago, though, when he admitted that he'd be “disappointed” if ‘Top Gear’ drew in fewer than five million viewers when it returned to screens.
‘Top Gear’ continues next Sunday (19 June) at 8pm on BBC Two.
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