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Gordon Ramsay’s terrible new show is a hit for Fox, gets a second season

Gordon Ramsay’s terrible new show is a hit for Fox, gets a second season
Gordon Ramsay during the 24 Hours to Hell and Back episode following his attempt to make over Sherman's Restaurant in just one day. (Photo by Fox)

Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back has been renewed for a second season after airing just two episodes, because it’s a much-needed hit for the beleaguered Fox network.

Fox said that the show is “the summer’s No. 1 new series” and its “most-watched summer debut in more than three years and its most-watched unscripted debut since 2013  (excluding NFL lead-out programming).”

Its first episode had 5.2 million “multi-platform viewers” within the first seven days.

Last week, it tied as the fifth most-popular show of the week, behind only America’s Got Talent, The Bachelorette, World of Dance, and Celebrity Family Feud, and tying (among viewers 18-49) with American Ninja Warrior, Masterchef, and a Big Bang Theory repeat.

If only the show was good!

It’s simply a repackaged version of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares, and while 24 Hours to Hell and Back condenses the time Gordon Ramsay has to feign outrage and scream at people, it retains the manipulative editing and makes the conceit even more ludicrous.

It is terrible, especially compared to the show that it used to be.

Gordon Ramsay’s televised attempts to help restaurants mostly failed on Kitchen Nightmares, and that show spent more time with each restaurant.

Here’s my review of the show and look at the sad decline of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant rescue shows.

Few details about 24 Hours to Hell and Back season two

It’s not clear when 24 Hours to Hell and Back season two will air, nor how many episodes Fox has ordered.

There are just eight episodes of this first season, the third of which airs tonight.

In the press release, Fox’s president of alternative programming, Rob Wade, said,

“Gordon gives 100% in everything he does, and he took on the task of turning these restaurants around wholeheartedly. He may be these owners’ harshest critic, but he’s also their biggest champion, because he wants them to succeed. When all is said and done, it’s really Gordon’s heart that resonates with viewers, and we can’t wait to see who he helps save next season.”

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