'Top Gear' Ratings: Chris Evans' First Episode Falls Short Of The Five Million Viewers He'd Hoped For

He could live to regret saying he'd be 'disappointed' with fewer than five million viewers.

Chris Evans‘Top Gear’ reboot managed to pull in 4.4 million viewers when it returned to our screens on Sunday night (29 May).

Impressive enough, admittedly, until you consider the fact that Chris Evans had specifically said in the lead-up to the new series that he wanted to hit the five million mark with the first episode.

Oh dear.

<strong> Chris Evans</strong>
Chris Evans
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Over the course of the episode, viewing figures rose to a peak of 4.7 million, but this still falls short of Chris’s expected benchmark.

It also lags behind the 5.3 million viewers being brought in by Jeremy Clarkson during his last series of 'Top Gear' (before he was ultimately sacked for lamping a producer in the face in March last year, while filming on location).

<strong>Chris and co-host Matt LeBlanc</strong>
Chris and co-host Matt LeBlanc
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However, it’s not all bad news for Chris and his fellow new recruit, Matt LeBlanc, as ‘Top Gear’ was the most watched TV show in its timeslot, beating the British Soap Awards and ‘Antiques Roadshow’.

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