The audience for the latest episode of Top Gear dropped by more than a third, compared with last week’s series debut.
An average of 2.8 million viewers tuned in to the second instalment of the new series on Sunday evening – 1.6 million fewer than the first episode.
Viewing peaked at 3.3 million just before the BBC Two show ended, overnight figures show.
Presenter Chris Evans said viewing figures would be higher when on-demand services were taken into account.
He tweeted: “The way Top Gear is being viewed is repositioning the way television is consumed. Last week 9 millions viewers. This week we shall see.”
The first episode of this series was watched by an average of 4.4 million when it was first broadcast – 23% of the TV viewing share.
However, Evans appeared to suggest that the total figure was more than twice that when viewers watching the show on catch-up services such as iPlayer were included.
The overnight figures only account for viewers who watched the show as it was being broadcast, and do not include those watching on catch-up services.
The figures which will show the total number of viewers on all platforms are expected this week.
Sunday evening’s figures give the second episode of Top Gear a 14% share of all television viewing in its timeslot.
BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow attracted more viewers than the motoring show – with 4.2 million people tuning in.
Soccer Aid on ITV also had a bigger audience, with an average 3.9 million viewers watching across the four-hour programme – including viewers watching on ITV+1.
Sunday evening’s Top Gear featured guest appearances from Damian Lewis, Sharleen Spiteri, Seasick Steve and Tinie Tempah.
This series is the first since the departure of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
The trio exited the show last summer following Clarkson’s fracas with a producer.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment