The release date for Top Gear series 24 — Pending
This article has the most up-to-date info on the status of Top Gear Series 24 as we continuously monitor the news to keep you in the know. BBC Two has officially renewed the series for another season expected to debut in 2017. To get notified of the exact premiere date – subscribe for updates below.
Series history and new hosts
A British automobile-related television series that is the most watched factual TV series in the world (no less), Top Gear has been on the air since 2002. In fact, the original Top Gear program has premiered in 1977, was revamped in 2002 and has become the staple of British television for several generation of viewers. The first 22 series of the show were presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, audience favorites with a unique, hilarious and far from politically correct style. However, starting with the current 23rd series, which has debuted on May 29, 2016, the team of presenters and executive producer Andy Wilman have been replaced. Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan are now serving as presenters. There are races, various challenges, car reviews, travel specials, other special segments of the program as well as lots of car-related banter.
Current season, negative reception and renewal prospects
The 23rd series opened to an audience of 6.42 million viewers, a perfectly reasonable match for last seasons` ratings, but the second episode ratings of 4.06 million viewers is obviously pointing at trouble. The series has not seen a number this low since 2006, and it is definitely a sign that the viewers are having trouble accepting Top Gear`s new team. Moreover, the third episode ratings plummeted all the way to 2.4 million viewers, which is a new low for the series. The reviews are tearing the renewed show apart, complaining that it lacks humor, spontaneity, and generally bereaving their long-time favorite. Hopefully, BBC Two will hear the fans` pain and make some adjustments to the show that almost everyone is practically bidding farewell to. Stay tuned, and we will let you know how the story develops. It would be a huge blow to the long-time fans if the show just flopped and no attempts were made to save it by the network.
UPDATED July 5, 2016: One of the most controversial series of the television series of the season, Top Gear has experienced a lot of turmoil. The recently concluded 23rd series is the first after a major revamping that the producers went for, getting rid of the beloved presenter trio of Clarkson, Hammond and May along with the executive producer Andy Wilman. The new presenter team is having a difficult time with audience resentment, and there have been rumors of serious tension between Evans and LeBlanc, which might have lead to Chris Evans stepping down from the show right after the series finale aired on July 3, 2016. The rest of the presenter team, however, is confirmed to return in the 24th series of Top Gear, which is scheduled to air in 2017. Sign up for our automatic updates and receive a notification as soon as a release date is set by BBC Two.