Interesting news: at the same time America experiences an inpouring of celebrity chef influence, Food Network ended the year with a drop in ratings. According to the New York Post, the cable network posted a 10.3 percent drop among viewers age 25 to 54 and "isn't keeping pace with hot competitors' shows like Bravo's Top Chef." Primetime ratings are especially down among women, which makes me wonder if all of you are watching Bravo or PBS instead. Are you still tuning in?
These days, Food Network simply isn't enough to quell viewers' hunger for culinary programming. Last year, Scripps Networks Interactive announced its plans to replace lifestyle channel Fine Living with a new network, The Cooking Channel, debuting in the Fall of 2010. But today, the company revealed that The Cooking Channel will premiere earlier than expected, on Memorial Day, May 31. It has also altered its plans for programming. A release originally stated that the channel would hone in on instructional cooking shows, along with food information and history. But today, Scripps has adapted its programming to include more entertainment TV. Along with some overlap with the Food Network, it's also considering concepts such as a postgame show for The Next Food Network Star.
Programs for 2010 will include new titles such as Rachael Ray's Week in a Day, which focuses on cooking a week's meals all at once; Bobby Flay's Brunch; and Emeril's Fresh Food Fast. It's also bringing on lots of little-known talent from outside the US, like the UK's Ching-He Huang and Canada's Chuck Hughes.
Honestly, it sounds like more of the same — yet I love cooking shows so much that I'm sure I'll tune. What about you?
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The Food Network will soon be getting a little sister. Yesterday, Scripps Networks Interactive announced it plans to launch another culinary channel next year to replace lifestyle channel Fine Living, or FLN. The new network, to be called the Cooking Channel, will debut in the Fall of 2010.
A third of FLN's programming is already food-related, but according to a release, the new channel will become a 24-hour network focusing on "food information and instructional cooking programming," as well as "food origins, culture, and history."
Scripps, which owns Food Network, Fine Living, HGTV, and DIY networks, certainly seems to be focusing more on food. At the beginning of this week, it publicized plans to expand Food Network to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. What do you think of the corporation's newest venture? Does it sound redundant — or do you think it will be successful?