Following a dismal viewership of just 1.9 million in its final episode, new Top Gear host Chris Evans has quit the program after just one series at the helm.
The first and second episodes of Jeremy Clarkson’s debut series in 2002 gained 2.43 million and 3.54 million viewers respectively. The last episode of Clarkson’s show in 2015 brought in 5.8 million viewers.
The sixth episode of the first post-Clarkson series drew 1.9 million viewers from 8pm on Sunday, nearly 1 million viewers down on the previous week and less than half its launch overnight audience of 4.3 million.
No episode in the programme’s Clarkson era, beginning in 2002, had fewer than 2 million viewers.