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Tuesday, December 2

Food Network Scores High on Program Quality

Sure to spawn more outcries of disbelief and disgust from the online crowd of Food Network's detractors, the cable network dedicated to food (not "cooking") was one of the top 10 favorite cable channels, according to the annual Beta Research Cable subscriber study.


ALSO - 72 percent of those surveyed ranked program quality highly.

So let's see: the ratings are high and the viewers approve. Me thinks Bob Tuschman ain't going anywhere!

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I'm not really surprised with the results. While a lot of people take to the internets to complain about the programming, there's obviously a LOT more people satisfied with it. It makes sense, though. I'm sure very few are writing in to NBC to let the execs know how much they like a show like 30 Rock. But you can bet people write in with complaints about others!

Like I've said before, I'm not blown away by a lot of the shows on Food Network, but I don't feel like the programming is necessarily "bad." They are getting better with the options, though. Now, if they could only decrease the frequency of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Hmm...

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27 Comments:

At 12/02/2008 8:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The vox populi have spoken, let the nashing of the teeth of the intelligentsia commence.

 
At 12/02/2008 8:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jacob, you are right. The FN has mostly good solid shows tht people enjoy watching. There will always be shows and personalities that not everyone (including myself) will like. But overall, it is good programming.

 
At 12/02/2008 9:24 PM , Blogger Becca said...

You do realize that now it's going to be all Guy all the time.

 
At 12/02/2008 9:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Paula Deen's popularity is fading ...

 
At 12/02/2008 10:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

They need more content. Certain things -- in particular "Iron Chef" and the "Challenge" shows -- get played over and over and over again. They need to reconsider playing cooking shows at night.

 
At 12/02/2008 10:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jacob- Thanks for the blog Love to check it out to see what is new on the FN. I do not like when people are so nasty when they post. A tad of cheer is in order I think!

 
At 12/02/2008 10:36 PM , Blogger Angie said...

Well, as much as I hate their weeknight programming and the near-constant replays of Challenge shows, it's called Food Network, not Cooking Network. There are far more people watching who enjoy eating and food entertainment than there are people who watch to learn and see some new recipes.

 
At 12/02/2008 11:29 PM , Anonymous GirlyGirlJen said...

Thanks Jacob for reading my mind! NO MORE DINERS DRIVE IN'S AND DIVES!!!!!! Please, If I have to watch Guy and millions of other people eat one more grease ball giant clog your arteries bite, I am going to puke and have a heart attack! I gain weight just watching the show :) Now I have to go to the gym (again).

 
At 12/03/2008 12:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand that Bobby Deen will have his own show and that he is filming it now. Has to do with sports figures, but that's all I know. At least it's not another Guy show!!!!!!!

 
At 12/03/2008 9:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ang, you do realize that when people cook, they are making... FOOD... right? So cooking = food. But anyway, the point was that it's better to play a fresh or semi-fresh Barefoot Contessa show (for instance) at night instead of rerunning the same Challenge or Iron Chef show that's already been on ten times THAT WEEK. Fresh or semi-fresh content is always better than something that's been on a bunch of times already. "Good Eats" is also on at night, and that's a cooking show -- it's probably the most intensely "instructional" of them all. Why is that okay? Because Alton uses props? "Throwdown" and other shows have cooking elements to them. So if cooking shows don't have some sort of "plot" element -- like if you're just watching Tyler Florence make food -- it won't fly for people at night? I think that's ridiculous.

 
At 12/03/2008 9:26 AM , Anonymous Clay said...

Does anyone else feel like FN left a 'D' off Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives? I'm thinking it should be renamed quadruple-D, "Diners, Drive-ins, Dives, and a D-bag."

 
At 12/03/2008 10:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i lovw triple d

 
At 12/03/2008 10:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

make that LOVE

 
At 12/03/2008 10:09 AM , Blogger Lord of Light AZ said...

I'm hurt. I don't want all Guy all the time, but 3D shines compared to Rachel Ray's, Sunny, Giada or the Neely's and their road shows. Satellite and Cable do shows over and over for all the folks that don't have DVRs.

Now did anyone see Eric Strohmer singing "Jingle Bells" on HGTV the other day. Now that was painfully funny.

PS if GirlyGirlJen could send some of that "see food gain weight" my way it would be much appreciated.

 
At 12/03/2008 10:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. They're overkilling with Guy. I miss Mario Batali. Wish he would come back with a show.

 
At 12/03/2008 10:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yikes. Why are the people on "DDD" dirtbags? Guy is annoying, but I usually like the people who run the diners -- they seem like people who really care about food and giving more to their customers than the typical diner crap. Outside of certain places that just make massive messes, these people for the most part really know how to cook and show creativity and pride in what they do. As people who like food, we should be happy when some diner owner has classically trained chefs or fresh ingredients or selections not normally found in diners... not insult them for it.

 
At 12/03/2008 10:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

They also need to stop with the Next Food Network Star. Seriously, I find the show embarrassing.

 
At 12/03/2008 11:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love DDD and these people are great. Most of the stuff is hand made handed down creative dishes. I find it interesting that so many of these places still exist. Better than the chains. What's so interesting about a chain restaurant? Nothing.

 
At 12/03/2008 11:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot watch Sunny. That's only one complaint I guess. Oh and those cake challenges have to go too.

 
At 12/03/2008 11:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree.. DDD is great..love the small business "little man" mentality...keep local digs thriving and support them! Guy can be a bit over the top, but i feel that DDD is where he shines and does the best.

And has anyone noticed that Paula Deen's hair is slowly turning purple?

 
At 12/03/2008 12:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

With one or two exceptions, I don't find the quality of the programming bad, but the constant repetition of shows is frustrating especially since I know they have archives of episodes that I have never seen. I can't tell you how many times I've tuned in to Paula's Home Cooking to see Jamie preparing that Mexican Chicken Casserole where the only thing remotely Mexican are the tortillas he uses in it.

And while I'm on the subject of the Deens, I have to wonder what kind of show on FN would have to do with sports figures. Unless Bobby plans to show us how athletes eat healthy - that would be a nice change, a show about healthy eating. Ellie has been so lonely up until now. Regardless, I think I'm going to have to watch this one if only for the fantasy factor of hunky food network star meets hunky athletes!

 
At 12/03/2008 12:46 PM , Blogger Schottzie03 said...

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At 12/03/2008 12:51 PM , Blogger Schottzie03 said...

Idiocracy continues...

They're keeping the advertisers happy by appealing to viewers who can be lured to Fridays and Applebees rather than viewers who are looking for new ways to use fennel and celery root.

Like it or not, that's Bob's job.

 
At 12/03/2008 3:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get to watch FN much lately but every time I turn it on, it's Guy!!! FN has always gotten on a roll of showing too much of one particular show. I missed alot of "Giada's Wkend Getaways" episodes and they only show it once a week and it's the pretty much the same ones.

 
At 12/04/2008 12:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why must FN overkill all that it does?
I could tolerate Guy at first and now I have to change the channel when he comes on.
Paula was a great, sweet, southern woman whom I loved to watch cook. Now she is Paula the Perv.
Big Daddy's House? Aaron? He is so rushed and I can hardly understand what he says at times.
The Neely's, Down Home?? I have to change the channel for fear of my kids seeing them spanking eachother on the bum. Come on, take her sugar already and make sure the camera is off when you do.
We need more healthy cooking shows! Healthy mind, body and soul.

 
At 12/04/2008 1:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree!!!!!!!!

 
At 12/04/2008 5:37 PM , Blogger Charles said...

Way off topic, but have ya'll seen the commercial for the Nintendo personal chef game with Lisa Kudrow? I die laughing when they show her cutting green onions, and she isn't even holding the knife right, and she's like, "See, I'm not even cutting my fingers". LOL Just thought I'd throw that out there.

 

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