New ‘Top Gear’ Show Flounders as Fans Call First Episode “Boring”
The moment Top Gear fans have all been waiting for has come and gone. Earlier this week, the newly revamped British car show took to the airwaves with its brand-new cast and now, it’s raking in the reactions—both good and bad.
Some, like the show’s new host, Chris Evans, might say the big debut was a smashing success.
Others might say it flopped more than a fish freshly out of the water.
I, personally, am going with the latter.
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Despite the resounding “NOOOOOOO!” heard around the world as the show launched—not to mention the utter dismay of social media users in both the UK and the US—Chris Evans is holding steadfast that the revamped show was a success. Evans took it to the critics earlier this week with a series of tweets explaining why the show was a hit. In one, he claimed that the show’s audience grew throughout the hour and was the most watched item on iPlayer.
Top Gear audience grew throughout the hour. FACT. Won its slot. FACT. Still number one on i Player. FACT. These are THE FACTS folks.
— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) May 30, 2016
In another, he explained that the opening episode of his Top Gear actually beat out the opening episode of the last series with Clarkson, Hammond, and May.
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) May 30, 2016
The show drew an average of only 4.3 million viewers, after Evans admitted that he would be “disappointed” if the ratings didn’t reach 5 million. It did trump the last time the show launched in 2002, though, when it only received 3.5 million viewers—but that was well before Clarkson, Hammond, and May became household names.
Needless to say, those Gear heads in the Twitterverse didn’t exactly agree with Evans’ claim that the show was a hit. There were a number of adjectives used to describe the new show, including “bloody awful,” “soulless,” “boring,” and “staged”. Yeah, I think it’s safe to say Top Gear wasn’t as successful as Evans believes.
The hashtag #RIPTopGear also became a thing last night.
— K. (@Krislisms) May 30, 2016
When #TopGearUS appears to be better than “British”
https://twitter.com/hashtag/TopGear?src=hash”>#TopGear , something’s wrong. One host is boring & the other is boorish.#RIPTopGear
— Bev (@schroddybach) May 31, 2016
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Some Twitter users didn’t get mad at the show itself, though. Instead, they turned their anger towards Clarkson, blaming him for the show’s terrible turn.
Despite Clarkson’s notoriously scandalous behavior, he’s actually stayed surprisingly mum on the subject. Since the show debuted in the UK on Sunday, he has yet to send out a single tweet to give viewers an idea of what he’s thinking. Come to think of it, the only reference either of the original trio has made to the new show was this tweet from James may that was sent out shortly before it was broadcast:
I’m really looking forward to watching Top Gear without knowing what happens in the end. #NoSpoilerAlert
— James May (@MrJamesMay) May 29, 2016
It will be interesting to see how the show progresses throughout the season—and how the previous three Top Gear hosts’ new Amazon Prime show, The Grand Tour, will fare.
My money is on it being awesome.
News Source: The Telegraph
A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Caitlin Moran has somehow found herself settled in Edinburgh, Scotland. When she’s not spending her days trying to remember which side of the road to drive on, Caitlin enjoys getting down and nerdy with English. She continues to combine her love of writing with her love of cars for The News Wheel, while also learning more about the European car market—including the fact that the Seat brand is pronounced “se-at” not “seat” as you might think. See more articles by Caitlin.