Chris Evans finishes first series of Top Gear with fewer than 2 million viewers

Just 1.9 million viewers tuned in to the series finale, broadcast at the same time as the Euro 2016 quarter-final between France and Iceland

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Top Gear ended its first series of the new era with fewer than two million viewers tuning in to the sixth and final episode, according to the overnight ratings.

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The hour-long instalment of the final show saw Chris Evans test out an MGB Roadster and Matt LeBlanc put the new Porsche 911 R through its paces. Just 1.9 million tuned in, a share of 8.6% of the available viewing.

The series finale was beaten by an Antiques Roadshow repeat on BBC1, which started at 7.30pm and attracted 3.8 million viewers for the half-hour it was against Top Gear between 8pm and 8.30pm.

Antiques Roadshow was followed by episode five of BBC1 drama The Musketeers, which averaged 2.5 million viewers between 8.30 and 9.25pm.

Top Gear was also competing with the France v Iceland Euro 2016 quarter-final on ITV between the hosts and the conquerors of England.

The football attracted 4.6 million viewers on the main ITV channel over the course of the programme between 7.15pm and 10.15pm, a share of 21.8% of the available viewing.

In the hour it was against Top Gear the football was being watched by an average of 5.9 million viewers on ITV, with a further 2.7 million viewers watching in HD.

Top Gear has struggled when broadcast alongside Euro 2016 football. Episode three fell to a low of 2.37 million.

This led to the presenter’s insistence that consolidated ratings would be the key to judging the success of the programme.

Also, episode one has consolidated at 6.4 million overall viewers, with 4.1 million for episode two and 3.4 million for episode three. Figures for subsequent episodes have not been published yet, although last night’s show is currently the highest-rated show on BBC iPlayer.

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The BBC is yet to confirm the presenting line-up for series two. A show spokesman told RadioTimes.com: “Announcement about future eps will happen in due course.”