Should the BBC axe Top Gear? Vote now and have your say!
So… Can we all take a moment to talk about the literal car crash that was Sunday’s episode of Top Gear?
The onscreen debut of new presenting duo Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc seems to have been universally panned, being branded ‘boring’, ‘wooden’, and just plain rubbish. Yes, we watched it, and we must admit, it was a struggle getting to the end. And don’t go thinking there was some silent majority watching at home and loving it. The numbers reveal that this first episode of Top Gear‘s 23rd season attracted its lowest opening show viewing figures in a decade, drawing 4.4 million viewers with a peak of 4.7 million, while the last series with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May bowed out with 5.8 million viewers. Ouch.
With Chris Evans locked in to present for the next three years, we can’t see how the show will survive past this series, considering most of the online criticism was directed at his hyperactive shouting.
— Ruth Scott (@ruthscott) May 29, 2016
And our favourite:
— Josh (@JoshRae15) May 29, 2016
So, in light of the first episode being a resounding failure, and considered alongside the BBC’s recent budget cuts, we have to ask; shouldn’t they go ahead and axe Top Gear? We feel it would save a lot of money, not to mention what’s left of the show’s reputation… Go on, have your vote below!