The highest-rated new show this summer is close to getting a pickup from its network for a second season, reports The New York Times.
Fox is expected to announce it will order a second season of "MasterChef," the cooking competition show for amateurs that features British chef Gordon Ramsay. The pickup will result in the hot-tempered chef never being off the air on Fox for more than a few weeks at a time, the story says.
"He is our version of ‘CSI,’" says Fox alternative entertainment President Mike Darnell, referring to CBS’s three versions of the crime-show franchise. That’s because Fox also airs two other Ramsay-hosted shows, "Hell’s Kitchen" and "Kitchen Nightmares."
While the "MasterChef" format has been around for while, even airing in the U.S. on PBS in 2000, it apparently needed Ramsay to make it pop, the story says. The show has averaged 3.3 million viewers 18 to 49 years old and a 2.5 rating, making it he top new show this summer.
Nevertheless, it has attracted fewer viewers on Wednesday nights than two older reality shows, NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" and CBS’s "Big Brother," the story points out.