The second season of the Grand Tour is the second-most streamed show in the U.K.

Despite changing networks — ok, Amazon isn’t a traditional network — and continents, the trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May are still massively popular in the U.K. That much was proven by a report from British broadcasting regulator Ofcom, which revealed that the second season of The Grand Tour was the second-most streamed show in the U.K. The only show that beat it happens to be a 24-year old sitcom about buddies that ended its run 14 years ago. Outside of that, The Grand Tour’s popularity in the trio’s old stomping grounds is a good sign that their fans haven’t left their side.

The U.K. Still Loves Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May
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Despite their bottomless well of obnoxious hot takes to draw upon the trio are still well-regarded for their impressive knowledge of all things pertaining to the auto industry.

It’s not at all a surprise that the former Top Gear trio still holds a lot of sway in the U.K. Despite their bottomless well of obnoxious hot takes to draw upon — it’s mostly Clarkson — the trio are still well-regarded for their impressive knowledge of all things pertaining to the auto industry.

The Ofcom report adds weight to that. According to the report, Amazon enjoyed a spike in subscriptions following the debut of the second season of the show. Even more impressive, many of these subscriptions were made just so they could watch The Grand Tour. Now, the percentage of Amazon Prime subscribers who watched the show actually dropped from 27 percent in the first season to 22 percent in the second season, but by virtue of the increased volume of people who subscribed to the service in time to watch the second season, the sentiment is that the overall views actually increased from the first season to the second.

That’s an impressive feat considering that the BBC has spent enormous amounts of money in revamping Top Gear, even going so far as to distance themselves from the Clarkson era that made the show the worldwide hit that it is today. The Grand Tour’s popularity shows that even if they’ve switched networks and platforms, the provocative trio still has a strong fan base in the U.K. to draw upon.

The U.K. Still Loves Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May
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Unfortunately for them, that strong fan base still wasn’t enough to usurp the show that was ranked as the most streamed TV show in the U.K.

Unfortunately for them, that strong fan base still wasn’t enough to usurp the show that was ranked as the most streamed TV show in the U.K. Some of you might not even guess it, but Friends remains the undisputed king of streaming shows in the country, almost doubling the number of streams and viewership that The Grand Tour has. Mind you; this is a show that debuted back in 1994 and ran until 2004. It’s already 2018, and it still holds the kind of sway and cache that other shows can only dream about. It’s fitting, too, that one of the stars of Friends, Matt Le Blanc, also happens to be the main host of Top Gear, at least until the next season. Expect the BBC to take its wins any way it can get it.

As far as the third season of The Grand Tour goes, Amazon has signed up for it, though no official launch date has been announced. That said, expect it to happen sometime in the latter part of the year, perhaps around November or December. The previous two seasons started around that time so don’t expect things to change ahead of the third season.

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Source: Motor 1

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