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Top Gear Episode 2 Ratings Even Worse. Evans: TV Figures Are “Less Relevant”

If you haven’t seen Top Gear’s episode 2 you can catch the synopsis right here (it’s filled with spoilers, obviously…) We thought it was much better than the awkward first episode, but still has plenty of room for improvement. But regardless of its quality or content the British viewers have spoken and they’ve spoken LOUDLY. Straight from the horse’s mouth, the BBC reported

Top Gear audience drops by a third on second episode.

top gear episode 2Last week’s numbers were an average of 4.4 million television viewers but when all forms of media were taken into account (i.e. Player) the show actually grossed over 9 million viewers, making it the “Strongest launch.”

However, the second episode only drew in an average of 2.8 million television viewers, a drop by more than a third. Chris Evans mentioned the figures, as implied by the first week, would be higher when the on-demand service are included. He tweeted:

It’s true we should place extra emphasis on the combined numbers of both television viewers and on-demand services. We are living in an age where cord-cutting and streaming is becoming, if not already, the state of today’s television. However, the massive drop in television viewership may indicate the same trend in the iPlayer on-demand service. Chris Evans may be delusional here in mentioning television viewership has never been less relevant, then again, his job is on the line here.

There’s reason for the Top Gear cast to be optimistic as only two shows are currently in the books, and two data points don’t suggest a trend. However, each weekly episode exerts greater and greater pressure on them to outperform, as they can’t continuously be beaten by BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow.Top-Gear-new-largeIf some of our readers or the droves of Youtube thumbs-downers have any say in the matter, the answer to the low ratings might just be Chris Evans himself, or perhaps the viewers boycotting the new show out of respect to the old Top Gear trio: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May. However two things are for certain: First, the old Top Gear trio is never coming back to the BBC as CH&M have more creative freedom in the process in their new home and they’re getting paid 10 times more than when they were under BBC’s watch, as suggested by Evans. Second, there’s a large magnifying glass over Top Gear’s head now more than ever. If next week’s show continues to trend lower, either the show must shuffle things around or the hosts may have to start thinking about another career.

(Source: BBC & Twitter)

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The engineer amongst the crew, Hansen once built a mini baja car with his bare hands. Hansen had the opportunity to join Honda’s R&D team in Ohio but chose the life of the east coast and the defense industry instead. A die hard auto enthusiast he religiously follows the auto industry and loves long walks in the auto shows.

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  1. It’s true I’m boycotting the show out of respect of the old hosts. I also never really liked the little ginger with the white ferrari fetish, he catches me as annoying. Also Matt LeBlanc. .. really, I know he isn’t Joey from friends but we’ll he is and always will be. It’s nothing personal on the hosts I wish them the best of luck, I just don’t really dig the new composition.

  2. All the debate about the newest version of Top Gear is viable is pointless until Chris Evans is removed from the show. If he stays, it is the ‘Chris Evans Shouting Show’ not ‘Top Gear’.

    He is unbelievably annoying and has an ego that will never let him improve no matter the accuracy of the criticism. First he would have to accept that he is NOT ‘edgy’ or ‘hip’ but merely a pretentious, ignorant, disrespectful, loudmouth.

    Jeremy was an ass, but a like-able one. Chris is entirely un-like-able and could be considered a form of torture if there were no way to turn off the telly.

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