“Project Runway” is coming home to Bravo.
At NBCUniversal’s upfront presentation to advertisers Monday, Andy Cohen announced the news that the show, which began its life on Bravo back in 2004, will return to its original home.
There’s no date set, but Bravo says Season 17 will air on the channel. The return comes via an agreement between Bravo and Lantern Entertainment LLC, which acquired the assets of “Project Runway” producer The Weinstein Company earlier this month. The deal is pending Lantern’s closing of the acquisition.
“We are beyond excited to reboot ‘Project Runway’ at the network where it all began,” Bravo head Frances Berwick says in a statement. “Leaning into the creative process in an entertaining way has always been part of Bravo’s DNA, and ‘Project Runway’ perfectly captures that.”
“Project Runway” aired for five seasons on Bravo from 2004-08. In 2006, The Weinstein Company announced the show would move to Lifetime in 2008, resulting in a lawsuit from NBCUniversal, Bravo’s parent company.
The suit was settled in April 2009, and the show made its move to Lifetime starting in August of that year.
The most recent season of “Project Runway” in fall 2017 averaged a 0.45 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.77 million viewers the night it aired. A week of delayed viewing pushed it up to 0.9 and just under 3 million viewers.