Food Network #1 in Cable Sunday Night
Sunday Night Line-up Packs a Punch with Reunion and Finale of 'Food Network Star' and Premiere of 'The Great Food Truck Race'
NEW YORK - August 16, 2011 - This past Sunday delivered a power-packed night for Food Network landing #1 for the night among ad-supported cable networks with a 1.3 adults 25-54 rating. Leading the pack was the star-studded finale of the hit series, Food Network Star at 9pm, earning the #1 show of the night among all cable programs posting 1.9, adults 25-54 and an average of 4.2 million total viewers. Prior to the finale, the first-ever Food Network Star Reunion Special at 8pm was also #1 in the timeslot for cable and garnered an average of 2.5 million total viewers. Following the strong culmination of the 11-week Food Network Star, which was watched by 35.4 million total viewers for the season, was the season two premiere of The Great Food Truck Race at 10pm, which had an average of 2 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.
The strong Sunday night line-up continues as The Great Food Truck Race will air in its regular timeslot, Sundays at 9pm ET/PT beginning Sunday, August 21st. Hosted by Tyler Florence, the series features eight of the top food trucks in the country battling for a life-changing $100,000 grand prize, double the cash prize awarded in season one. From delicious Cuban sandwiches to tasty vegan dishes and gourmet grilled cheese, the eight competing teams represent the best in food truck cuisine. The cross-country route then takes the teams to Salt Lake City; Denver; Manhattan, Kan.; Memphis and Atlanta where the competition intensifies with more grueling challenges - leading up to the final battle between the two top trucks in sun-splashed Miami. The Great Food Truck Race is produced by RelativityREAL, LLC.
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