‘Robot Wars’ opener beats ‘Top Gear’ finale in viewing figures

The revamped robot-battling show attracted two million viewers

The premiere of Robot Wars on Sunday gained more viewers than Top Gear’s season finale, it has been revealed.

Occupying the same slot that Top Gear had dominated at 8pm on BBC 2, the series reboot presented by Dara O’Briain and Angela Scanlon attracted viewing figures of around two million people.

Meanwhile, the revamped motoring show presented by Chris Evans slumped to ratings of 1.9 million people, the lowest number across the whole series. Evans quit the show one day later, citing that he had given his best shot, but that it “wasn’t good enough”.

It’s the first episode of Robot Wars in 12 years, having reached its peak with six million viewers in its original form, before dropping eventually to just 1.2 million and moving to Channel 5.

Following Robot Wars, the first in a new series of Dragons’ Den was the big winner in the ratings war. The entrepreneurial show beat the BBC1 drama The Secret Agent, starring Toby Jones, drawing 2.9 million viewers, a 14.4% share, from 9pm.

Happy Mondays man Shaun Ryder has told NME that he would be open to presenting the next series of Top Gear.

Following Chris Evans’ departure from the new-look show, Ryder said in a video interview that he would “absolutely” accept an offer to host the BBC motoring programme but admitted he knows “fuck all about cars”.

“I can drive but that’s about it,” he said. “I would have to rely on someone to throw the script at me and just say ‘go!'”