'Top Gear': Chris Evans Launches ANOTHER Defence Over Viewing Figures

'I've got enough feedback to know that enough people like it and love it, actually.'

09/06/2016 09:13

Chris Evans has once again defended the new series of 'Top Gear', amid negative reviews and less than impressive ratings. 

The host has insisted that people "love" his reincarnation of the BBC Two motoring show, which was previously presented by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond

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Chris Evans 
Chris took over the show from Jeremy Clarkson and co.

Chris previously stated he would be "disappointed" not to draw in five million viewers

However, new data later revealed that the first episode attracted closer to nine million, once those who'd watched on catch-up services were taken into account. 

He then took to Twitter to call overnight viewing figures "irrelevant", raging: “The way Top Gear is being viewed is repositioning the way television is consumed. Last week 9 millions viewers. This week we shall see.

"Overnight television viewing figures for Top Gear have never been less relevant. Obviously some newspapers prefer to live in the past."

The BBC also defended the show’s new presenting team, saying in a statement: Chris and Matt have successfully kicked off a whole new era in style and we are really looking forward to bringing our audiences even more thrills as the series continues.”

'Top Gear' continues on Sunday 12 June at 8pm on BBC Two. 

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