Well, here’s some surprising news: the BBC’s commercial arm reports that, despite the revamped Top Gear’s very negative ratings in the UK, the show was quite well-received internationally.

And by “quite well” I mean that newfangled season 23 actually did better than season 22. “I am very happy with program sales,” said Tim Davie, CEO of the BBC. “[Chris Evans’s Top Gear] has sold into over 130 territories which is very strong and marginal growth versus the previous season [Clarkson’s last].”

Historically, not every single season of Top Gear has been a hit. And even though there have been ups and downs, the BBC insists that the international brand is still “a financial cash cow,” reports The Guardian.

“It is absolutely the case I think that Top Gear remains in very good health,” Davie continued. “It is a work in progress and we will have to see how it goes. I remain optimistic about Top Gear and its growth potential over the coming years.”

With big changes coming to the show, including a Chris Evans absence, we’ve got our fingers crossed that only goods things come from them. It begs the question, is okay Top Gear better than no Top Gear at all?


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