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Top Gear Fans: The BBC Heard You Loud And Clear, Chris Evans’ Role Compromised

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:

Chris Evans is to take a less prominent role at the helm of Top Gear, after viewing figures for the newly revamped motoring show slumped to a new low.Top Gear Trailer

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:

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?

(Source: The Telegraph & Twitter)

Written by Hansen

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. Before I loped away from my self, I never got Chris Evans. I know he’s a famous presenter in England, but that means he’s a famous Master of Ceremonies. I was waiting for a friend of mine who had a five minute spot in a show following his show on the Radio and frankly, I’ve heard college DJs who were less annoying. Granted, I’m an American and he’s undoubtedly a national treasure like warm beer and curry, but…Matt LaBlanc doing the the innocent abroad bit is fine, especially since he actually knows a lot about cars and adds some cool that Clarkson et al struggled to find. Fraulein Schmidt is a superb driver and can be hilarious…the scene of her just flicking her hands to get Evans out of the car when he was about to throw up was hilarious. I think she might want to flick him away permanently. There was more chemistry shown between her and LaBlanc when he said that Chris Evans was driving the new car instead of either of them and she responded, “I hate that guy!” then any of the crew has shown with Evans. So, I think Top Gear if it needs a Brit at the top of the lineup, should replace Evans perhaps with…Billie Piper. Dame Helen Mirren. Stephen Fry. David Tennant. Rowan Atkinson. Daniel Craig, I understand he’s looking for a new gig. Gordon Ramsey. Somebody interesting as opposed to Evans. …

    Also, get rid of the motocross aspect of the thing, and get somebody better to interview the guests. Stop the bullshit best car, first car nonsense with the pictures and the audience participation.

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