The Top Gear Season Finale Had the Worst Overnight Viewing Figures in the Show's History

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

UPDATE: Chris Evans has officially quit Top Gear. Read the full story here.

As all of us expected -- and I'm sure many hoped -- the revival was short-lived. After bouncing back last week with only rubbish viewing figures, Chris Evans’ Top Gear has reached a new ratings low, saving its worst overnight performance for the season finale.

Last night’s episode attracted just 1.9 million viewers. That’s worse than any episode from the Jeremy Clarkson era, none of which ever dipped below the 2 million mark, and considerably below the 2.7 million average across the latest series. BBC One's Antiques Roadshow, which was on at the same time, brought in 3.9 million viewers.

The show's previous record overnight low of 2.3 million came a fortnight ago, while 4.3 million tuned into the opening episode of the series. The new formula clearly isn't working, and the BBC surely can't ignore the incessant calls for The Shouty One to be dropped. Where Top Gear goes from here should be extremely interesting. [Guardian]