via press release:
Food Network Closes Third Quarter With Record Ratings
Highest-Rated, Most-Watched September in Network’s History
Highest-Rated Quarter in Network’s History and Finished 8th in Cable Prime
NEW YORK – September 27, 2011 – Food Network closed the quarter on a high note with the highest-rated, most-watched September ever with .55 Adults 25-54 and 1.1 million P2+ viewers and tied as the highest-rated, most-watched quarter (previously 2010) with .57 Adults 25-54 and 1.2 million P2+ viewers. The network finished 8th among ad-supported cable networks Adults 25-54 for the quarter, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Viewers tuned-in for some of the network’s most exciting programming this quarter including the seventh season of Food Network Star, whose August 15th finale was the #1 show of the night among cable programs, watched by more than 5.5 million P2+ viewers, and the series’ winner Jeff Mauro launched his daytime series Sandwich King to strong numbers posting an average .6 among women 25-54 with 21% gains vs. a year ago. Another daytime success was the launch of Pioneer Woman hosted by popular blogger Ree Drummond, averaging a .6 among women 25-54 and seeing double-digit gains over recent benchmarks.
Primetime powerhouses such as season two of The Great Food Truck Race aired from August through September and was watched by 13.3 million P2+ viewers and 7 million Adults 25-54. The highly successful program Chopped continued to drive prime success with the third installment of Chopped: Champions contributing to the 17.1 million P2+ viewers and 9 million Adult 25-54 viewers who tuned into the franchise in third quarter. Since the July 6th season two premiere of Restaurant: Impossible, the series has broken several records, and to date has been watched by 20.4 million P2 + viewers and 11 million Adults 25-54.