An additional 300,000 viewers tuned in last weekend.

It appears Top Gear has hit the bottom of the barrel as last weekend's episode was the first to see its rating rise.

According to the Independent, the fifth episode of the revamped series was watched by 2.68 million viewers which is an increase of more than 300,000 viewers from the previous episode.  However, it is important to note the fourth episode boasted record low viewership and the ratings are still nowhere near where they were for the first episode which was watched by 4.3 million viewers.

The reason behind the rating boost remains elusive but the show has been getting a warmer reception as viewers have gotten accustomed to the new lineup that includes Chris Evans, Chris Harris, Matt LeBlanc, Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz, and Rory Reid.

Despite the bit of good news, there still appears to be plenty of turmoil off screen.  Earlier today, we reported about rumors that former Friends star Matt LeBlanc has threatened to quit the show if Chris Evans isn't removed from the program.

Top Gear USA hasn't fared much better as Rutledge Wood has confirmed the show will no longer be seen on the History Channel.  There is hope the program could be picked up by another network but nothing is official as of yet.

Source: Independent

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