The ratings are in and Top Gear is in a slump. After losing more than a third of viewers in the second week, the BBC had hoped the third episode, the one with the Cenotaph stunt, would take the longest running automotive show out of the dumps. Instead it continued the downward spiral, despite generating positive reviews amongst many.
Well the BBC has heard your complaints loud and clear! According to the Telegraph:
The third episode of Top Gear, the first to feature motoring journalists Rory Reid and Chris Harris, received positive reviews, but was watched by a live audience of just 2.37 million viewers, down nearly half a million on the previous week.
The programme, which recorded the second-lowest audience figures since Jeremy Clarkson revived the motoring show, in 2002, received plaudits from viewers for the performances of Reid and Harris, who usually host the online spin-off show, Extra Gear.
We detailed the third episode, which we thought was a spectacularly good show and so far the best out of season 23. We also felt that Rory Reid and Chris Harris were the most entertaining to watch and is fitting of a more prominent role within the show, rather than hosting the B-roll compilation half hour show after Top Gear. Seems like BBC have also read our thoughts:
— Rory Reid (@MrRoryReid) June 13, 2016
We feel this might be the turning point of new Top Gear and these tweaks might be for the best if they want to compete with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May in The Grand Tour coming to Amazon in the Fall (Autumn) of 2016. How do you feel about this shift?