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The Ratings Are In. New Top Gear Bombed.

So new Top Gear, led by Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, pulled in a whopping 4.4 million views according to a report by the BBC. A pretty good number until you start to unravel the layers this onion holds.

First off, Evans has said that he’d be “disappointed” with any number that was south of 5 million viewers. Well that happened and the peak viewership wasn’t great either with 4.7 million. It should be noted that even though many will tell you that it takes time to bring a show up to speed and to have chemistry and that Clarkson, Hammond, and May TG took a while to get going, they also started from nothing. This new crew has been handed a brand that is the most recognized automotive show in the world.

Next, Evans went on to Twitter spouting “FACTS” that were actually very factual, but weren’t very impressive when dissected.


Lastly, it’s also important to see where the last iteration left off ratings wise with the old boys. News flash, they were still winning.

Top Gear returned to our screens with Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc at the helm- but fans of the show turned off as it attracted its lowest opening show viewing figures in a decade and was widely panned on social media.

The show drew 4.4 million viewers, with a peak of 4.7 million, while the last series with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May bowed out with 5.8 million viewers.

It was Top Gear’s lowest rated show in a decade.

All in all, this shouldn’t be considered a flop, but it should be a big wake up call to Evans and the whole crew that this is going to take work and not be a walk in the park. You have to earn it.

(Sources: The Telegraph and Twitter)

Written by Gregson

Gregson's love affair with cars began at a young age thanks to his father who introduced him to racing. He's been a fan ever since he saw his first race live at Watkins Glen at the age of 5. He loves GT3, F1, Rally, Touring, and Le Mans styles of racing. Intermediate knowledge of internal combustion engines. Any reading done for pleasure is devoted to automotive journalism. Gregson owns a WRX and can 4-wheel drift directly into your hedges, no sweat. He currently is a Senior Copywriter for McCann Torre Lazur specializing in pharmaceutical advertising. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Kate and their dog Savannah.


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  1. Leblanc is ok but cant do it alone…..Evans was too busy trying to not be like Clarkson but wanted to be him and more, for christ sake he used the same exact verbiage during guests and stigs times around the tracks…the main problem i had with Evans is his voice….too high pitched and whiney, whereas Clarksons lower voice boomed….Find someone other than Evans and it could sort its way out….Extra Gear wasnt bad at all. The one good thing….the film crew did some amazing camera work as usual…

    • Couldn’t agree more. It was ok. But they were trying so hard to not be Clarkson. They still were. Plus Evans was annoying the whole way through. Leblanc was ok. You could tell it was his first time. I’m sure he will adapt as he goes. It’s still missing something though.

  2. It was garbage get rid of it. It’s not top gear with outthe boys and never will be. Leblanc was shit. All he kept saying was brit this and brit that. Fucking yank GO HOME . He is as bad in top gear as he was in friend’s idiot. Do any of them know anything about car’s or not? It’s NOT TOP GEAR SO WHY PRETEND MAKE A NEW SHOW DO ANYTHING YOU WANT BUT UT IS NOT TOP GEAR AND NEVER WILL BE. BRING THE BOYS BACK PLEASE. LETS HAVE OUR SHOW BACK WE PAY THE LICENCE FEE WE WANT TOP GEAR BACK AS IT WAS ANDAS IT SHOULD BE.

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