Of course I watched it. Are you kidding me? And of course I knew it wouldn’t be as good as the UK version. Not only are the personalities different, the UK version has had what like 15 seasons to figure it out.
For what it’s worth, I have heard Top Gear USA is supposed to get better after the first 3 episodes.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand. The ratings are in…
Total viewers – 1.9 million
Age 18-49 – 1.1 million
Age 25-54 – 1.1 million
And men made up about 70% of the viewers.
To give you an idea of where that put’s it, that is about 1/2 the ratings of The Walking Dead that just came out 4 episodes ago. And it’s lagging about 10% behind the History Channel reality show Top Shot. So not great, but probably good enough to be renewed for another season as long as ratings don’t dip.
I thought the show was OK. It looked like a blast to make. But was not a ton of fun to watch. The cameramen didn’t have near as many cool artsy shots as the UK version. And what the hell did they use for an on-board camera rig? That shit should NOT have made it through the edit. It was like the camera was mounted on my brass polisher. The film quality seemed pretty sub par most of the time. The in-studio portion seemed a bit too scripted. I imagine the UK version is scripted too, but it isn’t obviously so.
But yes, I very much look forward to seeing the next episode. Was it as good as the UK version? Hell no. Was it better than any other car show made in the US? Damn skippy it was. I would take this first attempt at Top Gear US over Motor Trend any day.