Chris Evans has hit back after viewers slammed his Top Gear debut.
The revamped BBC Two show returned to TV screens on Sunday night with Evans and former Friends actor Matt LeBlanc at the helm, heavily featuring Blackpool as they raced to the resort in Reliant Rialtos and carried out a series of challenges on the beach.
Viewers were quick to criticise the motoring show on social media, with many of the comments referring to Evans’ “shouty” and “too excitable” hosting style. Fans also felt that he had tried to imitate former frontman Jeremy Clarkson.
However, Evans, via Twitter, said: “The new Top Gear is a hit. OFFICIALLY. 23% audience share.
“12% MORE than the opening episode of the last series. These are the FACTS.”
It drew 4.4 million viewers, with a peak of 4.7 million.