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'Top Gear' Viewing Figures Slump To New Record Low, While Chris Evans Admits He Fears Sacking (From Radio!)

Chris Evans has defended the low viewing figures of revamped 'Top Gear'.

20/06/2016 12:24

‘Top Gear’ has received more bad news, with ratings from this week’s show slumping to a new record low.

2.3million viewers tuned in for Episode 4 of the revamped series, a further dip from last week’s then record low of 2.4m.

4.1million viewers watched the debut episode of the series, but they haven’t stayed with Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc and co, despite the team’s desperate recruitment of star guests and dazzling concepts.

Last night’s show saw Professor Brian Cox and Bear Grylls join Chris Evans for the celebrity spot, but they were perhaps been victims of scheduling as much as of Chris Evans’ reported unpopularity with viewers.

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This week's show saw the team head for Venice

‘Top Gear’ was last night up against a Euro 2016 match, Switzerland versus France, and ‘Coronation Street’ over on ITV.

On the bright side, those viewers who did tune in were full of particular praise for rising stars Chris Harris and Rory Reid, both of whom featured in their segments - driving an Aston Martin Vulcan and a Tesla Model X respectively - while Eddie Jordan’s playing the spoons on the Orient Express effectively stole the entire show.

Meanwhile, the beleaguered team has received some support from a surprise quarter. ‘Countryfile’ host Adam Henson has come up with a novel way of improving ratings… at this point, anything might be on the table. 

Chris Evans was quoted at the weekend, saying he expects every day to be sacked… from his Radio 2 breakfast slot. The Sunday People reports him explaining: “I wake up every morning expecting to have been sacked by lunchtime. Then when I’m not, the rest of the day is really chipper."

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  • 25 March 2015
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    The BBC announces Jeremy Clarkson’s contract will not be renewed, following a fracas involving a cold dinner on location, and a punched producer. "A line has been crossed," said the BBC's statement.
  • 24 April 2015
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    Richard Hammond joins James May in confirming they won't be back either, the team comes as a trio. 
  • 16 June 2015
    Alex Huckle via Getty Images
    The BBC reveals their Radio 2 breakfast show host Chris Evans will be leading the new team. 
  • 30 July 2015
    Matt Jelonek via Getty Images
    AmazonPrime reveals they’ve signed up Clarkson and co for an online motoring show, with a reported £10million/year package, with the series set to debut later in 2016.
  • 28 November 2015
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    Chris Evans reveals the show's debut date of 8 May, with an eight-episode series planned. 
  • 22 December 2015
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    ‘Top Gear’ producer Lisa Clark departs the team abruptly, saying she is to "pursue other projects", but wishes the team well.
  • 23 December 2015
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    She is swiftly followed out of the door by script editor Tom Ford.
  • 4 February 2016
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    Matt LeBlanc is confirmed as a fellow presenter.
  • 11 February 2016
    BBC
    Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan all confirmed to join.
  • 26 February 2016
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    The BBC announces a fresh debut date of 22 May, with six episodes scheduled instead of eight.
  • 19 January 2016
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    BBC Two commissioner Kim Shillinglaw, who has been overseeing the relaunch of the show, announces she will be leaving her role. Due to a re-organisation at the BBC, there will be no one to replace her, meaning Chris Evans will report directly to the Controller of Channels, Jane Moore. 
  • 10 February 2016
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    Matt LeBlanc confirms that he has signed to a US sitcom 'I'm Not Your Friend', leading to concern that he may have stretched himself too thin for 'Top Gear' duties.  
  • 13 March 2016
    PA
    Veterans complain about the ‘Top Gear’ team filming stunts, creating donut turns and speed dust, in London’s Whitehall, with shots including footage of the country’s most revered war memorial, the Cenotaph. 
  • 14 March 2016
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    Chris Evans makes a public apology for the team’s actions, while adding, “This isn't a shoot I'm particularly involved in." And takes to wearing pyjamas to work.
  • 31 March 2016
    BBC
    The show releases its first trailer. Many respond that the footage has become too Americanised, and they miss Jeremy. 
  • 12 April 2016
    BBC
    The show receives a major boost with news that streaming service Netflix has bought rights to distribute the show internationally, thus bringing the new series to a potential 75 million subscribers. 
  • 13 April 2016
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    The atmosphere on set is said to be “frosty” following Chris Evans’ continuing fury over the Cenotaph stunt. 
  • Apart from that...
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    It's all been smooth sailing. We wait for 22 May with bated breath. 
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