Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Touring cars

Chris Evans has been talking about making a trip to Australia for Top Gear. He may need to.

Overnight figures down under gave the show 42,000 viewers on BBC Knowledge, putting it at 15th place in subscription channels offerings, just behind Selling Houses Australia and EastEnders. The top-rated subscription show was Game of Thrones, with 290,000. Top show of the night was Nine News, on Channel 9, with 1.2m.

There used to be a Top Gear Australia, which ran from 2008 to 2012, but it was cancelled with ratings falling below 500k. Certain features were verbally stronger, adjusting to Australian sensitives. "Star in a reasonably-priced car" became "Star in a bog-standard car".

BBC Knowledge is available on Foxtel in Australia as part of bundle of nine "doco" channels, including Animal Planet, History and NatGeo WILD, for $10 a month, on top of a basic monthly HD figure of $36. Keeping in touch with Chris and the team for a year would cost, in proper money, £276.72p.

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