We always knew the new series of Top Gear would prove to be controversial – but episode two has been greeted with almost universal acclaim.
Despite a rocky start with last week’s show, Twitter users have been praising Chris Evans and his team for a sterling effort, with some suggesting it was BETTER than with the original trio.
The show, which was aired last night on BBC 2, featured a race between Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc and Eddie Jordan to deliver three celebrities to the highest pub in the world.
Those celebs included Seasick Steve, Tinie Tempah and Texas vocalist Sharleen Spiteri, while actor Damian Lewis appeared as Star in a Rallycross Car. F1 driver Jenson Button also put in an appearance – helping Chris Evans get to grips with the McLaren 675LT.
Tinie Tempah took to Twitter following the show suggesting he’d be up for a job on the presenting team.
— Tinie Tempah (@TinieTempah) June 5, 2016
What did Twitter think of episode 2 of the new Top Gear?
Jeremy who ? #TopGear Enjoyed it
— RED ROOFING (@jscontractors4u) June 6, 2016
Yeah, that was some very good television this week. Bravo. #TopGear
— Alex Robbins (@Scrof) June 5, 2016
— Chris Pollitt (@ThePollitt) June 5, 2016
Whats not to love about #topgear tonight the film work brilliant the challenge great proper car tv without idiots who don’t get that perfect
— nick innocent (@nickinnocent) June 5, 2016
A pretty decent #TopGear tonight is wrong footing a lot of people. Next week’s is even better. That’s exactly how series are supposed to go.
— Danny Baker (@prodnose) June 5, 2016
#TopGear was miles better last night. It takes time for teams to gel. Has Le Blanc ever presented before? Evans seemed calmer; better.
— Kevin Mahy (@KevSunshine) June 6, 2016
— double you dot (@bossbloggr) June 6, 2016
Will Chris Evans ever stop shouting?
One thing that’s still bugging viewers is Chris Evans – and his eagerness to shout at the audience.
I’m so fed up of Chris Evans Shouting! someone punch him! #TopGear2016
— Craig Nunn (@Craigandrew17) June 5, 2016
More celebrities, less car insight, more shouting. That should be the slogan for #TopGear under Chris Evans.
— John Redfern (@EngageSportMode) June 5, 2016
New Top Gear isn’t bad but Chris Evans needs to stop shouting and not be in it at all actually #TopGear
— Rachel Vosper (@Rachelavosper) June 5, 2016
I didn’t think any human could shout more than Jeremy Clarkson.
Then Chris Evans appeared AND BOY DID EVER CORRECT ME
— Casey Liss (@caseyliss) June 6, 2016
#TopGear Can Chris Evans please just find a way to disappear gracefully and leave the presenting to people who don’t SHOUT ALL THE TIME…
— Mark Nash (@Nashonomics) June 5, 2016
Matt LeBlanc should be the main host of #TopGear, not Chris Evans. All he does is shout
— Matt Stevens (@mattstevens2404) June 5, 2016
What about viewing figures?
Official viewing figures are yet to be announced, but they’re unlikely to be higher than the 4.4 million who watched live last week. That’s now up to 6.2 million including iPlayer views.
Chris Evans has kept quiet this week – unlike last week, when he took to Twitter to respond to critics.
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) May 31, 2016
That’s without the 1.2 million views (so far !) on the i Player. Obviously as these ate THE ACTUAL FACTS, they’l continue to ignore them.
— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) May 31, 2016
Update: 06.06.16 11.00am
While the critical reception was positive, this wasn’t reflected in the viewing figures – which dropped to just 2.8 million. This is believed to be the lowest Top Gear audience in at least a decade.
Naturally, Chris Evans has taken to Twitter to defend the show.
The way Top Gear is being viewed is repositioning the way television is consumed. Last week 9 millions viewers. This week we shall see.
— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) June 6, 2016
In other words… a disappointing amount of people watched the show live, but Evans is hoping we’ll all catch up on iPlayer.
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