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Tuesday, January 5

Cablevision Be Damned, Food Network Gets Highest Ratings EVER on Sunday Night

Well, even though approximately 3 million cable subscribers in the Tri-State region weren't able to watch, Sunday, Jan. 3 turned out to be the highest-rated, most-watched night in Food Network history.

Two big premieres—Iron Chef America: Super Chef Battle and Worst Cooks in America—attracted a combined average audience of 3.7 million viewers, according to the network.

Additionally, the 7.6 million viewers who watched the super chef battle helped make Food Network the most-watched cable network on Sunday night.

That's a pretty big achievement!

Still refusing to negotiate, Cablevision?


I watched some of the Super Chef Battle, but honestly found myself flipping around after a bit. Even though it was cool to see the White House and Mrs. Obama, that portion of the special was rather short. They were in and out of DC in what seemed like 10 minutes. Then, the rest of the battle was just a bit too drawn out for me.

Maybe if Mrs. Obama had made more of an appearance and they had featured a little more on the actual garden and what goes into cooking the White House meals I would have been more interested. (Truth be told, I sometimes get bored watching regular one-hour Iron Chef episodes, so I'm surprised I stayed on for almost 2 hours with this one.)

Did you watch? What did you think of Mrs. Obama and the "secret ingredient" that wasn't much of a secret.

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At 1/05/2010 9:46 PM , Blogger Leslie said...

I was hoping you'd weigh in on this one. I thought this episode was WAY too long, and it was hyped so much I was almost bored with it before it began. While it was interesting to feature the WH garden, I found myself wondering if the vegetables were really fresh by the time they were used (if they even used the same vegetables). I think WH meals is a better special than ICA episode.

At 1/05/2010 10:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked the episode, although it could have been 90 minutes without sacrificing anything. If they had so much time to kill, they could have added some comment on recipes, or how to really produce these dishes at home. I was very disappointed in the choice of judges, however. I thought an actress and an athlete were not up to the task. (And for some reason, Nigella has never seemed to me to have the status or gravitas of a chef.) I would have liked to see Mrs. Obama, of course, but the least we could have done was former WH chefs, other Iron Chefs or their equivalent. If you bring your A game to the kitchen, you need your A game in the judging.

At 1/06/2010 12:58 AM , Blogger Marc P. said...

I'm really starting to miss FoodTV...Cablevision is such a scam to begin with. $83 a month!

At 1/06/2010 9:08 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

I would like to haven seen more of the First Lady as well, thought the episode was over hyped for what it turned out to be. And was there ANY doubt that the WH chef was going to walk away without a win? I was also grossed out watching Emeril and Mario sweat over their food.

At 1/06/2010 9:40 AM , Blogger Jimmy said...

I have to agree with everyone else: it was too long. I would have found it much more interesting if the First Lady had been present to taste some of the food, but I doubt that could have been worked out. I also disliked Worst Cooks in America. There's some potential there, but Anne Burrell came off condescending (not a surprising attitude for a chef) and Beau MacMillan was just an ass.

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At 1/06/2010 3:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where was the chairman for this episode? I love Alton & thought he was greast (as usual), but it was weird for the chairman to be MIA.

At 1/06/2010 10:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was this taped while the Chairman was on "Dancing With The Stars"? I thought it was a possible explanation for his absence ...

At 1/09/2010 9:53 PM , Blogger Brian Flaherty said...

The fact that Michelle Obama was on for a few minutes actually made it watchable! I am so sick of the Obamas popping up everywhere

At 1/10/2010 10:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a total cheating , it was obvious they had to make sure WH chef wins .. iron chef is usually a total cheating game, most often only iron chefs win, even if there is a lot of appreciation for others ! look at throwdown, see how many times bobby flay looses, thats because they dont know who cooked that. I would say it should be something like that in iron chef too and judges should keep changing.. else its a total cheating.

At 1/11/2010 2:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was the long anticipated / long-awaited top chef episode to see Emeril in action, but only to watch him perform as a sous-chef. What a disappointment. Could have done without the WH garden as secret ingredients. I thought the whole show was so lame and contrived. You knew right from the start, that the WH chef was going to win. Total Disappointment.

At 1/11/2010 10:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a total set-up. They HAD to let the White House chef win.

I didn't see why they got so many extra points on creativity or plating.

At 1/12/2010 1:09 AM , Anonymous Amy said...

People come on! There is no way in hell that Bobby Flay + White House Chef cook better then Batali + LaGasse!
By the way has Batali left Iron Chef? As he should since he is too good for that ridiculousness that they try to call a "competition."

At 1/12/2010 7:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I heard that the Obamas were going to be on the show I didn't watch it.
So sick of their manipulating.

At 1/13/2010 7:42 AM , Blogger tex4me0924 said...

The vegetables used were not from the toxic WH garden. The conclusion was pre-set. Can't anybody not engage in bs?

At 1/14/2010 6:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone really think that the White House Chef would be the loser? Common' man! BTW, you lost all cred by NOT posting the episode. AND BTW, you can still watch the FN by using the internet! I lost the FN on 1/1. Know what? Dont miss it! Time to get a job, man!

At 1/31/2010 7:16 PM , Anonymous Bossy Boots said...

Am weighing in on this topic before reading the other blogs. I want to be surprised at how many agree with me that it was 1) too damn long 2) the way they, the chefs raced around that kitchen wore me out ! and 3) at the risk of offending those who think the First Couple is untouchable, enough already. Don't we see him enough, ye gads, he gets more airtime than AB !!

At 4/17/2010 12:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi food network! I would like to congratulate you for growing recipes on good nutrition and healthy recipes rather than 'comfort food.'I am in the beauty and fashion industry. I have a healthy lifestyle. I work out almost everyday. I constantly look for 'healthy recipes' where i could enjoy healthy nutritious food that is food/medicine for my body.
It is very sad to see that most of your chefs that i now see look 'unhealthy?' I sure do hope I am wrong. Should they be setting a good example to viewers what food can do to the body since they are more knowledgeable with food?
I do hope that your network can help improve the health of your loyal viewers through your celebrity chefs.
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" Hippocrates

More Power FOODNETWORK!!!!


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