It appears that FOX doesn’t have a lock on the cooking competitions. Despite mediocre ratings, ABC renewed The Taste for a second season. Will the ratings improve or will the show be cancelled before it can see a third season? We’ll have to wait and see.
The Taste is a culinary competition that pits professional and amateur cooks against one another in weekly challenges. The judges/mentors are Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, and Marcus Samuelsson. Brian Malarkey, the winning coach from the first season, was replaced by Samuelsson.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
Final season averages: 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 3.69 million total viewers.
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For comparisons: The first season of The Taste averaged a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.51 million total viewers.
Note: These are the final national numbers (unless noted with an “*”). These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.
What do you think? Do you still like The Taste TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or be renewed for a third season?