“I’m breaking my own news today! I’ve decided it’s time to bring Kitchen Nightmares to a close. Been 10 great years,” Gordon Ramsay tweeted before dawn today, reducing the number of Gordon Ramsay Culinary Repertory Theater offerings by one. Imagine Fox‘s surprise – the network’s reality TV team and Gordon were on the same page about wrapping up this show,so he didn’t set their pants on fire, but the announcement timing was all his. Contacted for comment, Fox said it had no comment.
Sometime this morning, Ramsay also posted on his website about the Fox utility player, that just finished its seventh season: ”As filming comes to a close on the latest series of Kitchen Nightmares I’ve decided to stop making the show…I’ve had a phenomenal 10 years making 123 episodes, 12 seasons, shot across 2 continents, watched by tens of millions of people and sold to over 150 countries. It’s been a blast but it’s time to call it a day.” Read More »
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The title “hardest working man in show biz” is a hotly contested one but certainly Gordon Ramsay has his name in the mix. With a mini-empire on Fox, the chef is no wallflower in either his opinions or his work ethic with five shows on the network. The most recent Stateside offering of the Order of the British Empire recipient is MasterChef Junior, which debuted in September last year with Ramsay will again be joined by restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich and chef Graham Elliot joining Ramsay judging would-be chefs between the ages 8-13. Produced by Shine America and Ramsay’s One Potato Two Potato, the series served up strong ratings in its Friday slot and has been renewed for both a second and third season. Shooting in Spain for the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares, Ramsay reflected on the other side of him that MasterChef Junior revealed, how to stay at the top of your game and the need to refresh.
DEADLINE: Gordon, you’re a big picture guy, what’s the state of unscripted TV today?
GORDON RAMSAY: The state of unscripted television right now is edgy. It’s compulsive viewing. I think it is about jeopardy in unscripted drama, which is something that a lot of producers fail to spot. For me, the essence of Reality TV is all about drama. So, I think bringing pressure is healthy whether it’s a professional chef or a domestic chef. Because the only way ever to really identify the true purpose of how good they are is submerging them under pressure. So I say it’s no different than a live football game because it’s about the intensity.
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There was a lot of up-and-down movement last night. ABC was the biggest gainer, winning with an average of 1.8 rating in adults 18-49, a Friday season high and the network’s best result on the night in year-and-a-half, since Nov. 9, 2012. Opening things at 8 PM was the special Shark Tank: Swimming With Sharks (1.5), matching ABC’s season high for the time slot. It boosted Shark Tank (2.2), which was up 22% from last week to tie a season high. The gains carried over to 10 PM’s 20/20 (1.7, up 21%, 7 million viewers). It featured Barbara Walters’ headline-making interview with Donald Sterling’s confidante V. Staviano though the sit-down came together so last minute that ABC had no time to promote it for bigger ratings. It is getting a major online play.
Related: One Last Get: Barbara Walters Lands V. Stiviano Interview
Look who is getting in the renewal consideration game: CBS’ Unforgettable (1.1) shot up 22% from last week. Given its trimmed budget and half CBS ownership, if it can maintain these levels, a summer/midseason run is not as out of the question as it seemed. Hawaii Five-0 ( 1.2) did only marginally better, down a tenth from last week. Read More »
With more and more broadcast series ending their seasons earlier and earlier, Fox is delaying the season finales of four series this year. The network today amended the list of season finale dates it issued two weeks ago with new dates for New Girl, The Mindy Project, Kitchen Nightmares and Touch. Comedies New Girl and Mindy Project, originally slated to wrap their seasons May 7, will now air their finales May 14. Kitchen Nightmares and Touch will finish their seasons May 10. In Fox’s previous plan, Kitchen Nightmares was to end its original run April 6, followed by Touch‘s closer April 26. The reason for the tweaks is that Fox brass decided to have more originals on in May. The rest of the network’s season-finale dates remain unchanged. Here is the full list of Fox’s season finales/summer premieres: Read More »
Fox has made the first lineup change since the start of the season. No, it’s not that one, Mob Doctor is still on the schedule. The network will delay the second season of Touch until January. The drama starring Kiefer Sutherland was scheduled to begin its second season on Oct. 26 in the Friday 8 PM slot. It will now be replaced by Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, originally slated to warm up the Friday 8 PM slot for a month before Touch launches. Fox last month opted to hold Kitchen Nightmares in favor of airing X Factor reruns on Friday early in the season. No time slot is being assigned to Touch, meaning that it won’t necessarily air in the Friday 8 PM time period. Fox will have drama holes in midseason, a result from the pending end of Fringe, which is airing its final 13-episode season, and the expected short run of low-rated freshman Mob Doctor. The network has one new midseason drama addition, the Kevin Bacon series The Following.
Fox is trying to give The X Factor an extra push with encore telecasts from 8-9 PM on Fridays for the next three weeks: September 28, October 5 and October 12. As a result, Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, which was set to premiere its new season September 28 and run in the 8-9 Pm slot, will be rescheduled later in the season. This is not the first time a Ramsay reality series has been pushed from the Friday 8 PM hour. His newest Fox series, Hotel Hell, was slated to premiere there in the spring but was postponed until summer to make room for The Finder. The Friday 8-9 PM slot is regularly used by the broadcast networks, especially ABC and NBC, to rerun new series during the first few weeks of the season for additional sampling.
Today is shaping up as a day for cooking show renewals. On the heels of Bravo announcing the pickup of veteran Top Chef for a 10th season a couple of hours ago, Fox just announced that it has ordered a 16-episode fifth season of Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares. “It’s great to be back for a fifth season … who knew there were that many nightmares to be had?!,” Ramsay said. So far, Ramsay has traveled to restaurants on the brink of closure in 54 cities to dispense advise and tough love. The series has been a utility player for Fox, currently airing in the Friday 8 PM slot. Kitchen Nightmares is produced by ITV Studios America and Optomen in association with A. Smith & Co. Ramsey, Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Patricia Llewellyn executive produce.
On the heels of getting a three-episode back order this week, CBS’ freshman drama A Gifted Man (1.3/4 in adults 18-49, 8.2 million viewers) posted a ratings uptick of a tenth of a point in 18-49. Since premiering with a 1.4, the medical/supernatural drama had been stuck at a 1.2, only once logging a 1.3 in the fast nationals that was adjusted down to a 1.2 in the finals. It looks like the 1.3 demo rating may stick this time, which would mark the show’s second highest 18-49 result to date. CSI:NY (1.6/5, 9.9 million) was down a tenth in the demo from last week, while Blue Bloods (2.0/6, 12.2 million) continued its wild ratings swings from the past couple of weeks. It was up 18% from last week’s 18-49 result. That follows a 24% jump in the demo 2 weeks ago and 19% decline last week. Blue Bloods once again was the top program of the night in both 18-49 and total viewers and led CBS (1.6/5, 10.1 million) to a nightly win in both categories.
Encouraging news for new NBC drama Grimm, which is awaiting word on a back episodic order after receiving a pickup for 3 additional scripts this week. After 2 weeks of declines, the fairytale procedural posted a 1.6/5 in 18-49 last night. That was up a tenth from the series’ fast national last week when … Read More »
NBC has already had its share of bad luck (and bad ratings) this fall. Now there may be more on the way. MLB’s decision to postpone tonight’s Game 6 of the World Series to tomorrow night because of bad weather means that if the series goes to a seventh game, it will likely air on Friday — against the series premiere of Grimm and the final-season premiere of Chuck on NBC. NBC already pushed the shows’ debut by a week to create a Halloween-themed block on Thursday and Friday this week, so another delay seems unlikely. As for Fox, it had already cleared both Wednesday and Thursday night for baseball, so it will air Glee repeats tonight. If a seventh game is needed, the network will preempt the originals of Kitchen Nightmares and Fringe, currently slated for Friday.