Final episode of rebooted Top Gear series due to air


The rebooted series of Top Gear will draw to a close tonight, following a tumultuous return to television.

The new incarnation of the show, with Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc at the helm, debuted to 4.4 million viewers on May 29 but saw ratings plummet as the series continued.

The second episode had 2.8 million viewers, followed by 2.4 million for the third and 2.3 million the week after.

The audience grew for the first time since the new series began last week, with an average of 2.7 million people tuning in to episode five last Sunday.

The show has failed to reach the viewing figures of the last series with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

The popular trio bowed out with 5.8 million viewers.

The new presenting team joined after the old team left following a fracas between lead presenter Clarkson and a producer over hot food.

The trio will debut their new Amazon Prime motoring show The Grand Tour this autumn, with the first studio recording taking place in South Africa in July.

The rebooted series of Top Gear featured the unveiling of new segment Star In A Rallycross Car, which replaced the popular feature Star In A Reasonably Priced Car

:: The final episode of series 23 of the show will air on BBC Two at 8pm on Sunday.