Compare that to the $250 million that Amazon invested into the first three seasons.
Information is best digested by the masses when they have a good time learning it, which might be why the Guinness Book of World Records awarded Top Gear as the world’s most widely watched factual television program in 2013. Though Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May have morphed into more of entertainers by now, they are still automotive journalists at heart and journalism is not a field to get into when looking to make fistfuls of cash. According to AOL UK, that’s not exactly the case for these three.
It seems that the journalists/entertainers, have managed to rial up the same chemistry that made the BBC’s Top Gear such a smashing success for Amazon’s cameras and attract a hefty audience. By the end of the first season, Amazon managed to pull in £8 million ($11 million) in pretax profit. Once the government got its fair share of the deal, the company took home $8.75 million in profits. One the one hand, that may not sound like a justifiable amount after hearing how much money Amazon invested in the show—take the $250 million invested into the three year contract for 36 episodes as an example or even the grandiose opening scene of the first episode that cost the network $3 million.
On the other hand, the fact it turned a profit proof is that the show is still running smoothly despite requiring such a huge undertaking to make. Money and dead celebrities aside, Clarkson had his face rearranged during an accident and Richard Hammond almost gave his life after a fiery crash in order to make the show. To us audience members, the show's success is a good thing because it means business will continue as usual. A spokesperson for W Chump and Sons, the company founded by the old trio and producer Andy Wilman, said, "The directors are keen to continue focusing on producing quality programming whilst ensuring company overheads are kept stable."
So far as we can tell, nothing needs to change now. "The directors are satisfied with the results for the year end and will continue to pursue business opportunities as they arise in the future,” they added. Maybe Hammond can play it just a bit more safe for now, yeah?