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'Top Gear' Trio Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, Rory Reid Will Return In 2018, BBC Confirms

Anther lap.

26/04/2017 15:28

There’s been bad news and good news this week for Matt LeBlanc and co.

However, it seems the BBC has kept the faith in the latest lineup, with BBC Two controller Patrick Holland confirming today that all three - Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid - will be returning in 2018, for another lap around the track.

This year’s series finale drew in an average of just 1.89 million viewers, 10,000 less than what the newspaper branded Chris Evans’ “all-time low” last year.

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Smiles all round for Matt LeBlanc and co, as they're welcomed back by the BBC

In response to this, a BBC spokesperson said that initial viewing figures seem low due to the changing ways in which people now consume television, insisting: The first five episodes of ‘Top Gear’, which we have consolidated figures for, have been enjoyed by an average of 3.4million people each week.”

However, it seems Patrick is prepared to let the trio bed in for a while yet, telling Radio Times today: “The doubt at the beginning, the fear when a show comes back is will the audience grow to like this new presenting combo? And we are starting again this year. And I think they really have and Chris and Rory have grown and Matt has made it his own show.

“We are turning over a new leaf, I think Chris and Rory have been fantastic, I think Matt has really been terrific on the films. I think he really started to enjoy the studios more and more.”

Patrick also stressed that the show had proved particularly appealing to an important segment of the BBC Two audience, scoring highly with under-34’ and under-16’s. 

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