Last night’s Top Gear gets show’s lowest EVER ratings
The 23rd season of Top Gear hit an all time low last night (19.06.16), causing viewers to question just how much further the BBC will prolong our pain before putting new presenters Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc out of their misery.
According to the overnight figures, the fourth episode in the motoring show’s current run drew an audience of just 2.34 million viewers; the lowest audience for any episode of Top Gear since 2002. What was that you were bragging about on Twitter a few weeks ago, Evans?
The new Top Gear is a hit. OFFICIALLY. 23 % audience share. 12% MORE than the opening episode of the last series. These are the FACTS.
— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) 30 May 2016
More bad news for the Top Gear haters: consolidated figures for the first episode of the new series have now past 5.6 million and counting. — Chris Evans (@achrisevans) 31 May 2016
It seems that the British public’s patience with the ‘reinvented’ show, which has been branded everything from ‘boring’, ‘wooden’, ‘rubbish’ and of course, ‘shouty’, is running out.
Meanwhile, last night’s edition of Coronation Street got nearly twice the number of viewers that Top Gear did, averaging 4.57 million between 7.30 and 8.30pm; a share of 21.3% of the Sunday audience.
Top Gear also competed against the Switzerland v France Euro 2016 game on BBC One, which averaged 6.29 million viewers for the entirety of the programme between 7.30pm and 10.05pm.
Of course, the news of the ‘new Top Gear‘ failing so hard will please the many haters it has on Twitter:
@achrisevans no thanks would rather watch reruns of the old top gear on dave!
— Johnny H (@lfcandanfield03) June 19, 2016
@achrisevans After 1st episode I was so engrossed in watching paint dry i didn’t even realise it was on…anymore. Not cancelled yet?
— Big Gooner Man (@BigGoonerMan) June 20, 2016
@achrisevans sure the 20 people watching will enjoy it luv
— Andy Simmonds (@andyjsimmonds) June 19, 2016
The people have spoken @BBC_TopGear … Get rid of Chris Evans.
— Kirstie Jones (@KirstieClassics) June 20, 2016
I no longer even try to watch new Top Gear – it’s rubbish and the BBC should just face up to it.
— Joseph Ferri (@roadrunner911) June 20, 2016
In a poll we conducted last week, Chris Evans was named the nation’s most hated TV personality, ahead of Katie Hopkins and Piers Morgan.
So we have to ask, once again, when will the BBC admit the error of its ways and cancel the damn thing?