Numbers Are In.
NEARLY 3.9 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS FEASTED ON SECOND SEASON FINALE OF 'TOP CHEF,' PROPELLING FINALE TO #1 TELECAST ON CABLE FOR THE NIGHT AND BESTING ABC'S 'PRIMETIME' IN HEAD-TO-HEAD COMPETITIONPublished: February 1, 2007
NEW YORK - February 1, 2007 – Bravo devoured the competition last night with 3.896 million total viewers and 2.879 Adults 18-49 tuning in to see the bespectacled New Yorker Ilan Hall win the second season finale of "Top Chef" at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, making the show the #1 telecast on cable for the night and besting ABC's "Primetime" in head-to-head competition in viewers 18-49 (2.879 vs. 2.705), according to Nielsen Media Research. Additionally, 1.768 million total viewers showed their good taste by tuning in to the season premiere of "Top Design" at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, making it Bravo's highest rated series premiere in network history.
The third installment of Watch What Happens, BravoTV.com's weekly broadband series hosted by Andy Cohen, which immediately followed Top Chef's conclusion at 11:01P, posted strong increases for a second straight week. There were 29,639 reported hits from Akamai from 11:00P-11:40P, +82% above last week reported hits from 11:15P-11:35P.
"After 12 months of consecutive year-over-year growth, last night is another fantastic achievement for Bravo because viewers continue to come to us on air and on line for acclaimed and dramatic entertainment content," said Lauren Zalaznick, President, Bravo. "'Top Chef' came into its own this season as one of cable's biggest and most talked about hits, and 'Top Design' takes the reigns by debuting to both historic numbers and critical acclaim."
"Top Chef" season two finale outpaced the season two finale of "Project Runway" on March 8, 2006 by 16 percent among Adults 18-49 (2.879 vs. 2.472), and 14 percent among total viewers (3.896 vs. 3.409). Additionally, "Top Chef" season two finale bested the inaugraial season one finale on May 24, 2006 by 185 % in Adults 18-49 (2.879 vs. 1.010) and by 157 percent in total viewers (3.896 vs. 1.515). And, compared to its season to date average (excluding the finale), last nights finales was up +108% among P18-49, +85% among P25-54, and +100% among total viewers.
View Ilan and Marcel post show with Andy on Watch What Happens.
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