Top Chef Just Desserts – Season 2 Ratings

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After premiering as the second spin off from Top Chef in 2010 and scoring just under 1.2m total viewers and a demo of 0.67 in its freshman season, Top Chef Just Desserts was given a second season, with Gail Simmmons again returning as host. All the first season judges also returned and Johnny Iuzzini, Hubert Keller and Dannielle Kyrillos served as judges throughout the ten episodes. Guest judges throughout this season were Margaret Braun, Hugh Acheson, Ron Ben-Israel, Pichet Ong, Ad-Rock, Wylie Dufresne and Cat Cora.

The contestants for the second season were Lina Biancamano, Vanarin Kuch, Nelson Paz, Craig Poirier, Melissa Camacho, Amanda Rockman, Rebecca Masson, Megan Ketover, Katzie Guy-Hamilton, Carlos Enriquez, Orlando Santos, Matthew Petersen, Sally Camacho and Chris Hanmer who after ten episodes was declared the winner and the title of Top Chef; Just Desserts.

Top Chef Just Desserts Season 2 Cast Photo courtesy of BravoTV ©

Top Chef Just Desserts
Season 2 Cast
Photo courtesy of BravoTV ©

The second season finale was the only episode to draw an audience larger than 1.2m viewers however, the 18-49 demo audience of the finale at 0.50 was beaten by the 5th episode, which scored 0.60 despite having 167,000 less viewers. Overall, this season averaged 1,051,000 viewers and 0.47 in the 18-49 demo, which was down -24.14% and -29.85% from its freshman season.

Top Chef: Just Desserts” was produced by the Emmy-nominated Magical Elves Productions. Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Casey Kriley and Fred Pichel serve as executive producers with Gayle Gawlowski as co-executive producer.

At the time of writing there has been no announcement from Bravo Media on whether TC:JD will get a third bite of the cherry flambé

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Episode# Time         Date          Episode Name Total Audience 18-49 Demo
S02E01 10:00 PM 24-Aug-11 Showpiece 1,127,000 0.50
S02E02 10:00 PM 31-Aug-11 Sweet Symphony 1,098,000 0.50
S02E03 10:00 PM 7-Sep-11 Villa Rosa 1,065,000 0.40
S02E04 10:00 PM 14-Sep-11 Pure Imagination 942,000 0.40
S02E05 10:00 PM 21-Sep-11 Make a Splash 1,076,000 0.60
S02E06 10:00 PM 28-Sep-11 Sabotage 988,000 0.50
S02E07 10:00 PM 5-Oct-11 Death by Chocolate 981,000 0.50
S02E08 10:00 PM 12-Oct-11 Step Right Up 961,000 0.40
S02E09 10:00 PM 19-Oct-11 Dessert in Disguise 1,033,000 0.40
S02E10 10:00 PM 26-Oct-11 Finale 1,243,000 0.50
Season 2 Average 1,051,400 0.47
Season 1 Average S2 v S1 -24.14% Total Aud -29.85% 18-49 Demo 1,386,000 0.67


Source: Nielsen Media Research via TVByTheNumbers