Bravo’s Chef Serves Up Ratings


The second-season finale of Top Chef heated up with viewers, attracting 3.89 million of them and doubling its season average, according to Bravo officials.

The show -- in which bespectacled New Yorker Ilan Hall won the competition -- ranked as ad-supported cable’s No. 1 telecast Jan. 31. The finale also topped ABC from 10 p.m.-11 p.m. among adults 18-49, as 2.88 million of those watchers tuned in, network executives said.

Top Chef’s season-two finale bested its rookie-campaign concluder May 24, 2006, by 185% among adults 18-49 and by 157% in total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

The program also served as a strong lead-in for the debut of Top Design. The premiere of the interior-design-competition series scored 1.77 million viewers at 11 p.m., making it the highest-rated series premiere in Bravo history.