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Bravo’s “Top Chef” hits a series high

The most recent episode of Top Chef drew 2.2 million total viewers, a new high for the Bravo series which is currently in its second season.

From the Bravo Press Release:

NEW YORK – January 4, 2007 – Bravo’s “Top Chef” original 10:00 p.m. ‘Supersized’ episode last night baked the competition attracting 2.2 million total viewers, making it the most viewed episode for the series ever (1/3/07), according to Nielsen Media Research. Additionally, last night’s broadcast was the top-rated cable program of the day among A25-54 and W25-54, and also delivered its largest A18-49 audience to date.

The January 3 episode of “Top Chef” garnered 1.622 million viewers 18-49, 1.643 million viewers 25-54, and a 1.81 HH coverage rating. Last night’s telecast surged from the previous all-new episode on December 13 by 36% among total viewers, 45% among adults 18-49 and 40% among A25-54.

Season two of “Top Chef” has averaged a 1.50 HH cvg. rating, 1,697 million total viewers, 1.193 million viewers 18-49 and 1.169 million viewers 25-54. Compared to the first nine episodes of season one of “Top Chef,” this represents a 54% increase among total viewers, 55% among viewers 18-49 and 59% among viewers 25-54.

“Top Chef” continues all-new episodes this month, leading up to the two-part season two finale on January 24 and January 31. Bravo has ordered a third season for the culinary competition hit, with casting underway. For further information, go to

Bravo is the cable network that plugs people into arts, entertainment and pop culture with original programming, acclaimed drama series, movies, comedy and music specials, and by showing a whole different side of celebrities. Currently available in more than 83 million homes, Bravo is known for breaking exciting new personalities, shaking up the way we look at style, media, fame and Hollywood, pulling back the curtain on the creative process, and making influential and inventive original programming. Its critically acclaimed original programming includes the Emmy-nominated “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” 12-time Emmy-nominated “Inside the Actors Studio,” “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” “Top Chef,” “Celebrity Poker Showdown,” as well as the 2004 Emmy winner for Outstanding Reality Program, “Queer Eye,” and the four-time Emmy-nominated hit competition series, “Project Runway.”

Bravo is a program service of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBC Universal one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been an NBC cable network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980. For more information visit .

Nielsen NHI: Live+Same Day data.