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'Top Chef' crowns second female winner ever with season high in all key demos

by jmaloni

Press release

Fri, Mar 1st 2013 11:05 pm
`Top Chef`: Brooke Williamson (left) and Kristen Kish. (photo by David Moir/Bravo)
"Top Chef": Brooke Williamson (left) and Kristen Kish. (photo by David Moir/Bravo)

Show earns more than 1.85 million live same day viewers

Bravo Media's "Top Chef" crowned its 10th winner, and the franchise's second female winner ever, Kristen Kish, with the highest-rated episode of the season among all key demos on Wednesday with more than 1.85 million live same day total viewers, up 7 percent from the prior week, according to Nielsen. The episode earned more than 1.17 million adults 25-54 and more than 1 million adults 18-49, up 3 percent and 5 percent from last week, respectively.

Kristen's comeback from winning BravoTV.com's award-winning Transmedia competition series, "Last Chance Kitchen," landed her a spot in the final two, and in the finale she faced off against Brooke Williamson, the chef with the most wins throughout the series' 10th season. The two finalists were tasked with cooking five dishes live in front of a studio audience - including host Padma Lakshmi, judges Tom Colicchio, Hugh Acheson, Emeril Lagasse and Gail Simmons, and all nine previous "Top Chef" winners for the first time ever.

As previously announced, the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series and the No. 1 rated food show on cable, "Top Chef" will be returning for an 11th season later this year.

Wednesday's "Watch What Happens Live," featuring "Top Chef" winner Kristen Kish and finalist Brooke Williamson, delivered 866,000 total viewers, up 48 percent from the most recent Wednesday episode.

Source: Nielsen Media Research, LS data. No. 1 food show on cable stat based on L7 through 02/10/13, P18-49 avg most recent seasons, premieres only.

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