It was a win for Paola Guanche and Telemundo on Sunday. The Florida tween took the top spot in La Voz Kids as the network’s finale of the Spanish-language youth version of The Voice was watched by 2.6 million total viewers and 1.3 million adults 18-49. That’s the second best rating for the freshman show after hitting its high on June 23 with 2.7 million total viewers and 1.46 million adults 18-49 watching between 8-10 PM. This week’s finale did see a rise of 11% over the previous week in the demo and an 8% gain in viewership. Overall the 8-11 PM finale’s result is the best the Comcast-owned network has done in the time slot with regularly scheduled programming. Hosted by Daisy Fuentes and Jorge Bernal with new The X Factor judge Paulina Rubio among the coaches, the singing competition show’s finale was the highest-rated TV show in New York and Miami in the key demo regardless of language and the second-highest-rated show in LA and Houston, regardless of language, according to Nielsen.
Following the success of La Voz Kids, the Spanish-language version of NBC’s The Voice, Telemundo Media is hoping for another hit with Top Chef: Estrellas (Top Chef Stars), a Spanish-language version of Bravo‘s culinary competition series Top Chef set to air next season. Hosted by novela star Aylin Mujica (Corazón Valiente, Aurora), the new original version will feature eight Hispanic celebrities competing for the Top Chef title and $100,000 to be given out to charities of their choice. The celebrities will be featured cooking their favorite dishes under the guidance and coaching of professional chefs. They’ll participate in weekly competitions and use different “tools” in their preparations to impress the celebrity chefs and survive the competition. Latina chef and TV host Lorena Garcia will host alongside Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu. Telemundo is hoping to build on the huge success of La Voz Kids. On June 2, La Voz Kids was watched by 2.42 million viewers with an audience of 1.225 million in the adults 18-49 demographic — up 43% in total viewership and 40% in the key demo from its May 5 debut. Unlike its NBC parent, La Voz Kids focuses on children between 7-14 as they compete for a recording contract and a cash prize for their education. Telemundo and Bravo are both owned by NBCUniversal.