Fieri isn’t taking on a new talk show. Still, Food Network is getting more seriously into the latenight game by running two episodes of Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” weeknights starting at 11 p.m., marking the first time in years the Scripps Networks’ outlet has run the same show in the same time slot on an ongoing basis, said Bob Tuschman, the network’s senior veep and general manager, in an interview.
“Most latenight viewing has typically been driven by habitual viewing,” explained Tuschman. And yet, Food has for several years been capping off the night by running more episodes of whatever was airing in primetime each evening. Which meant viewers may have seen an episode of “Chopped” one night at 11 p.