Top Gear Audience Falls Ag- No Wait, the Numbers Are Up!

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

After a mad few days in which the UK voted to leave the EU without understanding what it meant, nobody celebrated David Cameron’s resignation and Lionel Messi apparently retired from international football aged 29, this was always going to happen.

The weeks of steadily shrinking numbers have come to an end. The latest episode of Top Gear brought in 2.68 million viewers last night, representing a small increase on the 2.34 million who tuned in last Sunday.

The show’s producers may need to add Jeff Lynne to their Christmas card list. The ELO frontman brought 2.4 million viewers to BBC 2 ahead of Top Gear, with Glastonbury’s ‘legend slot’ preceding the motoring show on the box.

Somewhere at this moment, Chris Evans is cracking open a bottle of champagne. Though he’s being uncharacteristically quiet about it all, because overnight ratings definitely don’t matter. I need a lie-down. [Guardian]