In a new interview with BuzzFeed, he hit back at criticism, saying: "I find it hilarious that people who have never made a show in their lives then presume what is wrong with the making of a television programme.
Earlier this week, it was revealed the second episode of the new series had lost a third of its audience, drawing just 2.8 million, compared to the 4.3m who tuned in to the launch show.
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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