3 million people watched Top Chef 3 finale, down from last season’s finale

Wednesday’s live finale of Top Chef 3 was watched by “3.079 million total viewers and 2.187 million adults 18-49,” which left the show “the No. 1 cable entertainment program for the 10 p.m. hour in total viewers and adults 18-49,” according to a Bravo press release, which cites Nielsen numbers.

Still, the finale lost 800,000 viewers compared to last season; 3.896 million viewers watched the finale of Top Chef 2. But Bravo notes that over its 14-episode run, the show averaged “2.463 million viewers, marking a seven percent increase over Top Chef 2’s 13-episode cycle.”

Meanwhile, the New York Daily News talked to executive producer Shauna Minoprio to get answers to frequently asked questions about the show. Among other things, she reveals who cleans up the kitchen after the chefs trash it: “We have a production manager called Bill Egle and he basically is the man who looks after the kitchen from the planning stages through construction and through the shoot. You know, he’s the lord of the kitchen. … We call it ‘turning the kitchen,’ as in basically getting cleaned, getting it all back to shipshape again for shooting.”

She also says that the producers “operate on something we call ‘the line’ — and that’s the line that shall not be crossed. Because it’s very, very important that this competition is fair and is also seen as fair by the chefs. So we want to avoid a situation where one of the production team is kind of palling around with any one chef. We sometimes have to say, ‘sorry guys — we can’t go there, just remember the line.’ It’s a little odd to begin with, but then everyone gets used to it.”

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