Food Network's "Chopped" Stunt Delivers All-Star Ratings
Most-Watched Episode in Series History, Highest-Rated Night in March Ever
NEW YORK - March 8, 2011 - Chopped All-Stars scorched TV screens Sunday night, posting the highest-rated, most-watched episode in series history and the highest-rated March night in network history. The 9p premiere of the fierce five-part competition was the second highest rated ad supported cable show on Sunday night with a 1.7 adult 25-54 rating. The show was watched by 5.6 million viewers on a total viewer 2+ basis including 3.2 million adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research.
The strong Sunday night performance is part Food Network's exciting Sunday night destination programming, offering stunt programming every Sunday at 9pm throughout 2011. Chopped All-Stars is based on the fast-paced reality series challenging four chefs to turn mystery basket ingredients into an impressive three-course meal. In the five-week stunt hosted by Ted Allen, the champion from each round advances to the finale for a chance at taking home a $50,000 charitable cash prize and coveted title. Upcoming episodes feature Food Network stars like Anne Burrell and Duff Goldman, recurring Chopped judges, and renowned chefs. With more than 65 episodes, Chopped consistently ranks as one of Food Network's highest rated primetime series with a devoted fan following of more than 20 million viewers per month. Chopped and Chopped All-Stars are produced by Notional Entertainment.
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