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Top Gear debuts to mixed reviews and disappointing viewing figures

Written by Daniel Kirby on 31st May 2016

The new series of Top Gear commenced on Saturday with an average of 4.4 million viewers, more than 2 million down on the average viewing figures of the last series and also well below the figure of 5 million which Chris Evans hoped to achieve.

Nevertheless the show did secure the majority audience of its 8pm with a 23% share, and the viewing figures do not include those who watch the show on catch up. Evans himself was upbeat about the debut when posting on twitter after the episode.

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In terms of critical reception, many were critical of Chris Evans' performance as host whilst others complained about a lack of originality with the show following the same format as previous seasons, however elsewhere there was praise for Matt LeBlanc and the more conservative approach of this new season.