From a media release:
TOP CHEF CANADA WINS TOP SPOT AS HIGHEST-RATED CANADIAN SERIES PREMIERE EVER ON FOOD NETWORK CANADA
- Inaugural Episode Owns the Day Across Specialty Channels
Canada’s biggest culinary competition is off to a record-breaking start. The premiere episode of Top Chef Canada devoured the competition Monday night, drawing in unprecedented audience numbers for a single play with 317,000 (2+) and 212,000 (A25-54). This makes it the highest-rated Canadian original premiere in Food Network Canada’s history as well as the highest-rated premiere this broadcast year in both the 2+ and A25-54 demographic on Food Network Canada. Clearly Canadians were eager to get a taste of the country’s top culinary talent, as the debut drew in the highest audience for its time period* as well as the entire day** across all specialty channels in key demographics.
Top Chef is an Emmy and James Beard Award-Winning series for Bravo in the US. Since Top Chef’s premiere on Food Network in fall 2006 it has consistently ranked in Food Network’s top 10 programs. Recognizing the strong appetite Canadian viewers have for such fierce culinary competition, in spring 2010 Shaw Media acquired the rights from NBC Universal to bring the Top Chef format to Canada and be produced by Insight Productions. The stellar April 11 premiere performance of Top Chef Canada reconfirms how hungry Canadians are for home-grown competition.
Top Chef Canada challenges 16 competitors’ culinary skills to see who can cut it as Canada’s Top Chef, taking home the grand prize of $100,000 and a GE Monogram kitchen worth $30,000. Hosted by celebrated television personality, Thea Andrews and head judge, chef and restaurateur, Mark McEwan, Top Chef Canada promises the kind of high stakes competition and addictive drama that will inspire viewers to cheer on their favourite competitors each week. In next week’s eagerly anticipated episode of Top Chef Canada, the chefs must create an inspired breakfast dish using Canadian cheese.
Viewers can continue watching Top Chef Canada on Food Network Canada Mondays at 9 pm ET/10 pm PT with encore presentations Saturdays at 7 pm ET/PT.