People Hate the New 'Top Gear'

The revamped show received scathing reviews from fans and critics, with many suggesting new host Chris Evans was trying to copy Jeremy Clarkson's former presenting style.

Top Gear started back last night with new hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc.

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

The duo tried to build up the show through their social media and Evans went so far as to reckon that they will have five million viewers to the show. The final Top Gear show attracted 5.3 million viewers last June.

Evans in particular was a magnet for negative views, with many comparing him unfavourably with the departed trio of presenters, who left after Clarkson was axed for hitting one of the show's producers.

The former Countdown star later added, "Sorry #TopGear. switching off".

Chris Evans has admitted to being scared while filming a segment for the new Top Gear that involved racing to the highest pub in South Africa. Don't forget to tune in to Extra Gear on BBC Three - or via the live page or BBC iPlayer - right after Top Gear has aired on BBC Two. FACT. Won its slot.

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Indeed, the programme has been at Number One on the Most Popular list of the BBC's catch-up service since transmission on Sunday, ahead of yesterday's visit to EastEnders.

The revamp featured numerous same elements the show is best known for, including a profile of a supercar and a head-to-head challenge between the presenters.However the relaunched show was widely criticised on social media.

The season premiere drew an audience of between 4.3 and 4.4 million viewers, a figure that is expected to rise with repeat and on-demand viewings this week.

  • Sheila Mcguire