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‘Top Chef,’ ‘Real Housewives’ Cook Up Tasty Ratings For Bravo

5/30/2008 7:01 AM Eastern

Bravo garnered impressive ratings yet again this week from a trio of reality programs with Top Chef: Chicago leading the way as Wednesday’s second-most viewed cable program among adults 18 to 49 years of age.

In terms of total viewers, Top Chef is up 20% this season, surging from 2.24 million to 2.69 million viewers. Wednesday’s episode, during which 27-year-old Spike Mendelsohn was told to “pack his knives,” recorded the highest single-episode ratings to date and was the highest-rated cable telecast among women 18-49 for the day.

For the year, Top Chef: Chicago is averaging more than 2.1 million viewers in the much-coveted 18-49 demographic and an average of 2.93 million viewers per episode.

On Tuesday, Bravo rolled out a special installment of The Real Housewives of New York City: The Lost Footage, a montage of clips and conversations that didn’t make the final cut for the regularly scheduled airings. It drew more than 1 million total viewers, up 234% compared to the prior four-week time period, according to network officials.

Finally, Work Out, a reality series chronicling the owner, trainers and clients of a Beverly Hills spa and gym, checked in with 927,000 viewers Tuesday night, up 19% from the prior week and up 18% among viewers between 18 and 49 years of age.

With only four chefs remaining on Top Chef: Chicago, the contestants now travel to Puerto Rico this week to compete in the finale and for the final three spots. Local chef Wilo Benet, known for making gourmet Puerto Rican cuisine, will serve as a guest judge for Wednesday’s episode airing at 10 p.m. ET.

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