‘Top Gear’ overnight ratings drop again to a 13-year low

New host Chris Evans has recently defended the show's falling ratings on Twitter

Top Gear‘s overnight ratings have dropped again to what is believed to be a 13-year low.

The recently relaunched motoring show, now hosted by Chris Evans, attracted an audience of 2.4m to BBC2 for its third episode last night (June 12). The Guardian reports that this is likely to represent the show’s lowest overnight ratings since 2003.

The first episode of the Evans-helmed Top Gear scored an overnight audience of 4.4 million, but this fell by a third to 2.8 million for its second episode.

Evans defended the falling ratings on Twitter last week, saying: “Overnight viewing figures for Top Gear have never been less relevant. Obviously, some newspapers prefer to live in the past.”

Although the overnight ratings were 4.4m for the opening episode, a total of 8.2m watched the show across the week, including 1.8m on BBC iPlayer.

The series is the first since previous Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May left after Clarkson was fired for punching producer Oisin Tymon in 2015. Clarkson, Hammond and May will present a new car series, The Grand Tour, on Amazon Prime in autumn. The trio have signed a deal with the on-demand channel for three series of 12 hour-long episodes.