Fourth season is Hell’s Kitchen’s highest-rated yet

Tuesday’s conclusion of Hell’s Kitchen 4, when Christina was selected by Gordon Ramsay as the person who sucked the least, was watched by 8.8 million viewers.

That’s up slightly from the 8.6 million who watched last August’s third-season finale. More siginficantly, it’s a 10 percent increase from last week, and the show “led the 9 o’clock hour in all key demos,” according to Variety, which reports that “[f]or its entire run — beginning in April, when it followed ‘American Idol’ on the schedule — this was the highest-rated season to date for the cooking series.”

That’s somewhat tragic since, for me, it was the most boring season yet. Then again, it wasn’t much different than the previous three seasons, and had it aired first, I probably would have been enraptured. But the formula and repetition has gotten a bit stale and boring over time.

Reality tears up Tuesday [Variety]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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