The BBC UK ratings are in for the all-new season of Top Gear. The first episode of the 23rd season received 4.3 million viewers on BBC2 when it made debut on May 29th, 2016. Last night’s episode (June 5th, 2016) brought in just 2.8 million UK viewers, according to a BBC report. These numbers do not include viewership via the on-demand services and the iPlayer. Still, this is a major slump over one week.
The numbers of the debut episode fell short of the 5 million goal that was set by the new show’s host, Chris Evans. However, the audience share from last week’s show was better than the first episode of season 22 that was led by the old team of Clarkson, Hammond, and May.
Why is co-host Matt LeBlanc standing over a seemingly comatose body of Chris Evans? Presumably, it’s not because of the dip in the ratings. Matt explains it as a result of Chris driving the mind-blowing McLaren F1 GTR Long Tail and the McLaren 675 LT.
What do you think? Will you give the new UK Top Gear a chance to succeed or have you seen enough?