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Thursday, July 24

Wow! Food Network Beats Project Runway Premiere

TUSCHELSON mean business. They didn't let a little old show like Project Runway on Bravo best its ratings winner The Next Food Network Star.

Last Sunday's episode of "Star" drew in 3.2 million viewers, beating the fifth season premiere of Project Runway (which only got 2.9), garnering the Food Network competition show the biggest reality show audience for the week, among cable stations.


It should be noted that media gossip blogs speculated Bravo was attempting to sabotage Project Runway before it moves to Lifetime next season by not promoting it heavily or allowing critics to screen it in advance, so that could be an indication for the lower ratings.

It should also be noted that this season's contestants on Project Runway, including "bad meth teeth" Blayne, aren't really proving themselves to be watchable.

But still... congrats to TUSCHELSON and the Flayster. You're beating a biggie.

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15 Comments:

At 7/24/2008 11:57 AM , OpenID oatmealcookieguy said...

I think it's because of Bravo's lack of advertising. Runway is moving to Lifetime next season, and Bravo has it's knickers in a twist about it. They don't want to promote a show that soon won't be making them any money.

Hooray for FN, though!

 
At 7/24/2008 1:17 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Project Runway is a "reality" show that rigs the vote and outcome more than any other show on TV. It focuses on prima donna fashion designers that are there more for their drama skills than for design skills.

While TNFNS has been painful to watch and most of the viewers just watch the network out of habit, no doubt they beat PR for rating share.That's a no brainer.

Both shows ask contestants to perform absurd tasks under absurd conditions all for entertainment values. Give me a break.

I'll bet PR had way more gay men watching though. And then they go and blog the episode. HAHAHAHA

 
At 7/24/2008 1:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

They also changed the time of Project Runway. I put it on at 10 and it was already over!! Luckily they played it again at 11.

 
At 7/24/2008 2:41 PM , Blogger Mark said...

I guess the other reason was they put it at 9pm this season. I turned on the tv at 10 and it was Shear Genius. I had to wait until 11pm to watch the repeat.

 
At 7/24/2008 5:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't let Alec fool you. He REALLY wants to be a gay guy. Even though he's a tough talker it's pretty clear he'd really like to spend some quality time with one of those Project Runway loving gay guy bloggers. So sweet!

 
At 7/24/2008 6:17 PM , Blogger Bryan said...

Alec said it best and hit its nail right on its head

 
At 7/25/2008 1:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

bryan and alec would make a swell couple...ha ha ha..

 
At 7/25/2008 1:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

FIERCE!!

 
At 7/25/2008 4:46 AM , Blogger Bryan said...

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At 7/25/2008 10:49 AM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

I think my preference for woman has been well documented here FNA.

No desire to be with a man.

I'm a thru in thru out vagatarian.

 
At 7/25/2008 11:49 AM , Blogger JordanBaker said...

I'm pretty sure Bravo is burying PR, not just because of the move to Lifetime, but because they know they have a clunker of a season. I mean, come on. the best thing Tim Gunn can say about this group of designers is that they're the most "diverse."

 
At 7/25/2008 12:39 PM , Anonymous A said...

I am a big PR fan, but TNFNS should not allow its stronger ratings performance get undermined by spurious explanations / qualifications. The premiere episode for PR5 was the highest rated premiere ever for the show, so all these explanations about the scheduling change or Bravo neglecting the show has not resulted in a decline in ratings for the show. Again the ratings increased, so if TNFNS had even higher ratings, then kudos to them.

 
At 7/25/2008 4:51 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Bravo are dumping PR because the audiences are dwindling and retail apparel is in the crapper and will be for a long time.

I think they are finding all these wonderful designers aren't all that shit hot and only a few have gone on to anything substantiative. Laura Bennett sells on QVC , Homeless Jay peddles his junk on QVC. Chloe has line that will probably tank.

Bravo ain't stupid. Beside the show was annoying to watch. I do not think I have seen humans act so petty in my life.

Maybe they want to keep making real competitions like Top Chef as real as possible and decided to get rid of white elephant lame-o shows like PR.

 
At 7/25/2008 8:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Bravo are dumping PR because the audiences are dwindling and retail apparel is in the crapper and will be for a long time." Alec Smart

You don't know what you are talking about. Brava wanted PR back. Most rigged show, please. You say this and yet you claim the next food network star is better? This after they won't even let the audience vote anymore?

 
At 7/27/2008 11:31 AM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

I didn't say the NFNS was better Knucklehead.I said it was painful to watch and that it garnered higher ratings just because more people are tuned to FN in general.

Both shows are lame and both shows are subject to massive rigging and manipulation.

I think more people wish to watch culinary aspirants than burgeoning wannabe fashion designers, most with limited talent.

The yuckiness of Tuschelwipe can easily match the yuckiness of Klum and Kors anyday. Both shows can present valid arguments to sell your TV's but in general, the TNFNS is less offensive to the masses than PR.

That's your smart thought of the day.

 

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