Top Chef 2’s finale airs tonight; series has 32 percent more viewers than Project Runway 2

The second season of Top Chef concludes tonight at 10 p.m. ET. Annoying Marcel and his tormentor Ilan will compete for the title and $100,000.

We may already know the winner, as a profile accidentally posted by Food & Wine magazine identified the winner on Monday. However, to correct its mistake or correct the record, the magazine posted profiles of both finalists yesterday and said that the Monday revelation was meaningless. Right. In addition, one of the two finalists very obviously quit his job

This season has been full of drama, both on screen and in real life (), and that’s helped Bravo have its “its best month ever in total day and its highest-rated January in history in total viewers and P18-49 in prime,” the network said in a statement.

Top Chef 2 has been “averaging 2.7 million total viewers and 1.9 million P18-49″ this month. In its time slot, “Bravo was the #1 cable network among both total viewers and P18-49 for the month of January,” the network says. Overall, the show has been “averaging 2.1 million total viewers and 1.5 million P18-49 through 12 episodes,” which Bravo points out is a 32 percent increase over Project Runway 2‘s second season. That’s kind of tragic, considering that series was engaging and this season has been mostly horrifying.

Top Chef 2 [Bravo]
Bravi Has Best Month Ever in Bravo History [Bravo press release]

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