'American Chopper: The Build-Off' Ratings Huge; New Show For Jesse James?

American Chopper Build-Off

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Despite only 200,000 people voting for the best bike in American Chopper: The Build, many more tuned in to see who would come out on top in the competition between Orange County Choppers, Paul Jr. Designs, and Jesse James.

In total, 4.8 million viewers tuned in to Tuesday’s live show, where Paul Jr. was declared the winner. Proving just how popular the long-awaited build-off turned out to be, the live episode of American Chopper became the second highest-rated episode in the history of the series (that’s including the episodes from American Chopper: The Series).

With these three bike builders delivering such high ratings, one has to question whether or not Jesse James may be lining himself up for an official return to television with his own series. While I’m sure no one will debate the fact that Jesse James was the most outspoken contender of the three (for better or worse), one has to admit that there was something extremely compelling about watching him build his bike.

And since James ultimately came second in the build-off, one could argue that Discovery may have used the opportunity of this competition to test the proverbial waters in regards to whether or not people would be interested in seeing James return to television.

Jesse James

On top of having his own workshop built onto his house, James would also have a handful of builders on hand from South Austin Speed Shop, which he co-owns of. Viewers may be familiar with the folks from the South Austin Speed Shop, who came in towards the end of the build to help James finish his bike on time.

Of course, with talk of James receiving his own show, one has question whether or not Paul Jr Designs should split from Orange County Chopper and have a show that focuses solely on their work. After all, Paul Jr. did end up winning the build-off...

But could a Paul Jr Designs series survive on its on, without the drama that Orange County Choppers creates? And conversely: what would happen to Orange County Choppers if Paul Jr Designs wasn’t a part of American Chopper? Could it survive on its own?

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American Chopper airs Mondays @10pm on Discovery

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