Chris Evans jokes about Jeremy Clarkson

Last night, Top Gear viewers claimed Chris was copying previous presenter Jeremy in the way he hosted the show.

As well as losing viewers, the Top Gear reboot drew intense criticism from those who had tuned in to watch, with fans and celebrities taking to social media to slam the show.

However, the show was still the most-watched programme in the 8 pm timeslot, outshining on BBC One's Antiques Roadshow and ITV's British Soap Awards.

It also trumped the last time the show launched in 2002 when it got 3.5 million viewers.

Fronted by Evans and Matt LeBlanc, the show was referred to as "Flop Gear" by some who were left unimpressed by the chemistry between the two on Sunday night's show.

"People would stop me in the street in America, in the United Kingdom, wherever, and say, 'Hey I saw you on that episode...' - and I was expecting them to say Friends'and they'd say Top Gear".

Evans also pointed out that the show's initial figures look set to grow thanks to healthy catch-up stats on BBC iPlayer.

This Chris Evans was too busy saving the world to have anything to do with "Top Gear".

Odds setters at fellow British bookmaker Ladbrokes believe that this could well be the final series of the iconic British motoring show, pricing its cancellation at just 1/2.

The new series, whose first episode airs on Sunday, made headlines in March when Evans apologized for a vehicle stunt filmed near the Cenotaph war memorial in London, which was criticized for showing a lack of respect. People particularly disliked how Chris Evans tended to shout quite a bit.

  • Sheila Mcguire