Top Gear Consolidates Before Overnight Reverse
The latest episode of Top Gear in the UK has just recorded the series its lowest overnight ratings in more than 15 years, drawing fewer viewers than any broadcast from the Jeremy Clarkson era.
“The show has now lost more than half of its audience since its series premiere, which attracted 4.3 million viewers,” The Independent reports.
“Viewership fell to 2.34M viewers on its fourth episode, beating the previous record low of 2.36M viewers on 15 June 2003.”
This is despite “more positive reviews” since the premiere, even though The Guardian notes the old team’s chemistry “has been impossible to emulate, and not helped by reports of internal tensions on the new show and the premature departure of its executive producer, Lisa Clark.”
Viewership’s also down in the US but there has been some good news, with the second episode’s consolidated ratings, which include catch-up viewing, being high enough to crack the top 15 in the UK and earn the show another 1.2 million viewers.
It quotes a bookmaker’s odds of the brakes being put on another series at 5/4 and co-presenter Matt LeBlanc’s chances of presenting season 24 at 2/1.
Episode four will screen this Sunday on Prime but the channel isn’t commenting on how well or poorly the reboot is doing here.
“We don’t release ratings information for any of our programmes,” a publicist said today.