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[07/29/08 - 01:28 PM]
The Next Food Network Star Finale Smashes Records for Food Network
Food Network spins the numbers for Sunday, July 27.

[via press release from Food Network]

THE NEXT FOOD NETWORK STAR FINALE SMASHES RECORDS FOR FOOD NETWORK

Season Four Finale, Produced by CBS EYE too Productions, Is Number One Show in Cable Sunday at 10pm With 4 Million Viewers

Highest-Rated, Most-Watched Telecast in Food Network History

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE � The season four finale of The Next Food Network Star was number one with fans Sunday night at 10pm, attracting an average of 4.0 million viewers on a total viewer 2+ basis, and 2.2 million adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research. The program posted a 2.1 adults 25-54 rating, a 27 percent increase over the season three finale and a 3.0 household rating, up 14 percent over last season. The finale smashed all records for Food Network, becoming the highest-rated, most-watched telecast in its history.

The Next Food Network Star: Season Four series was watched by a cumulative total of 15.0 million adults 25-54 and 28.9 million total viewers 2+. The series ended with a 1.8 household rating and 1.3 adults 25-54 rating for its premiere plays on Sundays at 10pm, up 3 percent in households and 12 percent in adults 25-54, making it the highest-rated series in Food Network history.

The Next Food Network Star announced winner Aaron McCargo, Jr. on Sunday night after a star-studded fourth season on Food Network. His new daytime series Big Daddy�s House premieres Sunday, August 3 at 1:30pm ET/PT. CBS EYE too Productions has produced all four seasons of the hit Food Network reality series.

In addition, the finale contributed to July 2008 being the top monthly performance for Food Network primetime ever, with a .5 among adults 25-54, up 20% versus July 2007.

FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network and Web site that strives to be way more than cooking. The network is committed to exploring new and different ways to approach food - through pop culture, competition, adventure, and travel - while also expanding its repertoire of technique-based information. Food Network is distributed to more than 96 million U.S. households and averages more than seven million Web site users monthly. With headquarters in New York City and offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and Knoxville, Food Network can be seen internationally in Canada, Australia, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Monaco, Andorra, Africa, France, and the French-speaking territories in the Caribbean and Polynesia. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates HGTV (www.hgtv.com), DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com), Great American Country (www.gactv.com) and FINE LIVING (www.fineliving.com), is the manager and general partner.





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