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Why Robert Irvine does TV's best restaurant makeovers

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Why Robert Irvine does TV's best restaurant makeovers
For 11 seasons now, Robert Irvine has hosted Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible." From its inception, the show followed a familiar format: a chef goes in to a failing restaurant, criticizes things, yells a lot, makes over the place, and leaves. That format was first popularized by Gordon Ramsay in "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares," and then destroyed by Fox with its Americanized version. Since then, it seems every cable network needs to have their own version, sometimes with a twist ("Bar Rescue," "Tabatha's Salon Takeover"). While those shows can be light, predictable, formulaic fun, "Restaurant: Impossible" rises to the top of that heap. Here's why Robert rules. Robert Irvine asks simple questions that people can't answer. Robert Irvine is the best at calmly asking questions that get right to the core of the problem and tell us everything we need to know about why a restaurant is failing. For example, almost every episode,
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Gordon Ramsay on swearing: 'I don't use bad language often'

Gordon Ramsay has claimed that he doesn't swear "often".

The television chef - who is famous for his use of bad language on shows like Hell's Kitchen and Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - said that he needs a "reason" to swear.

Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, he said: "I like to think it's an industry language. I've worked with some great chefs and when I've made a mistake there's a naughty word that comes out. But do I want [my children] Matilda and Jack walking around swearing? Definitely not."

He admitted that he can't tell his kids off for swearing as they know all about his reputation.

"I don't have ground to stand on and more importantly they'd just say 'shut up dad, you knob'.

"They know it's not smart. Kids today get so much more distracted than we did. You don't need to listen to your parents using foul language, you
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Gordon Ramsay voted Britain's Most Terrifying Celebrity

Gordon Ramsay has been voted Britain's Most Terrifying Celebrity. The ferocious chef has topped the list, beating the likes of heavy metal singer Marilyn Manson, supermodel Naomi Campbell and reality star Kris Jenner to the number one spot. The nationwide poll - which was held to celebrate the release of the new thriller novel 'Messenger of Fear' by bestselling author Michael Grant - named Gordon as the Most Terrifying following his expletive-laden rants his shows, 'Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares', 'The F Word' and 'Hell's Kitchen'. Runner-up was the supermodel Naomi Campbell who once infamously threw her mobile phone at her assistant and
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6 things to watch for this fall in reality TV

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6 things to watch for this fall in reality TV
As reality TV approaches its 15th year of post-Real World maturity, the genre has a wide range of programs, from the stupid and scripted to the artful and insightful. Amid the clutter--this fall will see many new and returning reality TV shows on cable and broadcast--there are many highlights. Here are six things worth watching. Survivor and Amazing Race swap players and twists "Survivor" (Sept. 24) is on a streak: there's been season after season of solid, unpredictable game play along with a continued commitment to high-quality storytelling and production. Executive producer and host Jeff Probst, and the network, will try to keep that streak going by returning to last fall's Blood vs. Water format, which worked well, and by ditching the mostly loathed Redemption Island and replacing it with Exile Island. But they've also made some questionable casting decisions. John Rocker, the former baseball player best known for his bigoted ranting,
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World Cup: Brazil draw tops Tuesday ratings with 8.5 million

BBC One's World Cup coverage easily topped the Tuesday ratings, overnight data reveals.

Brazil's 0-0 draw with Mexico was seen by 8.5 million (39.1%) at 7.30pm. South Korea's game against Russia scored 2.5m (33.2%) at 10.35pm.

On BBC Two, Tigers About the House appealed to 1.9m (8.9%) at 8pm, followed by Horizon with 2.4m (10.0%) at 9pm.

ITV's repeat of Endeavour attracted 2.1m (9.2%) at 8pm (159k/0.8% on +1).

On Channel 4, Location, Location, Location interested 1.3m (5.9%) at 8pm (148k/0.6%), followed by Auction House with 1.4m (6.0%) at 9pm (231k/1.4%) and Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares with 1.1m (6.3%) at 10pm (126k/1.4%).

Channel 5's Dog Rescuers brought in 851k (4.0%) at 8pm. The latest CSI thrilled 904k (3.8%) at 9pm (179k/1.1%), while Big Brother: Power Trip entertained 1.1m (6.7%) at 10pm.

On Sky Atlantic, Penny Dreadful continued with 221k (0.9%) at 9pm.
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Celebrity MasterChef returns with 4.4m, down on last year

Celebrity MasterChef's return was down slightly on last year's opener, according to overnight data.

The cooking competition served up 4.4 million (21.6%) at 9pm, which is down around 300,000 viewers from last August. Later, Gary Lineker's Brazil special scored 1.8m (16.6%) at 10.45pm.

On BBC Two, Springwatch appealed to 2.3m (11.8%) at 8pm, followed by Welcome to Rio with 1.8m (8.9%) at 9pm. The Fast Show special amused 930k (5.3%) at 10pm.

ITV's repeat of Endeavour attracted 2.4m (11.8%) at 8pm (277k/1.5% on +1).

On Channel 4, Location, Location, Location interested 1.6m (7.9%) at 8pm (130k/0.6%), while The Complainers brought in 1.2m (5.9%) at 9pm (156k/1.0%). Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares entertained 922k (5.8%) at 10pm (142k/1.7%).

Channel 5's Dog Rescuers was seen by 1.2m (6.0%) at 8pm (142k/0.7%), while the latest CSI thrilled 1.3m (6.2%) at 9pm (123k/0.8%). Big Brother: Power Trip continued with 1.2m (7.5%) at 10pm (103k/1.2%).

On E4, New Girl tickled 529k (2.6%) at 9pm (171k/1.0%), followed by The Mindy Project with 147k
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Father Ted, It Crowd among Channel 4 shows leaving Netflix, LoveFilm

Father Ted, The It Crowd and Peep Show are among the classic Channel 4 shows that will be removed from Netflix UK and LoveFilm Instant.

Channel 4's licenses are to expire on both streaming services, according to VODzilla. They will be removed from Netflix on Saturday (February 15), followed a few days later on LoveFilm.

The Inbetweeners, Shameless and Green Wing are said to also be among the longlist of shows to be removed from the services.

The move follows Channel 4's recent removal of content from YouTube, leaving the only option to watch shows on 4oD.

Channel 4 recently said to Wired about the YouTube removals: "As a not-for-profit broadcaster funded by advertising, we put our money back into the programmes themselves. To make the best of this investment, we've decided to focus on bringing online viewers of our full-length shows to our own 4oD apps - such as those on iOS,
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Mary Berry takes on Gordon Ramsay: Who is the better TV cook?

When we think of Mary Berry, we normally associate her with a moist Victoria sponge, a tasty tray of tarts or delightful slab of Battenberg. The Great British Bake Off star has won over the nation in recent years with her softly-spoken approach and her ability to deliver bad news about a soggy cake bottom with a smile and warmth.

However, ahead of the upcoming fourth series of the reality show, Mary Berry has put down her whisk and come out fighting. Her target? Gordon Ramsay.

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Berry has revealed in an interview with the Radio Times that she "hates" the Scottish chef's shows, branding him part of the current TV trend for all things "violent, cruel and noisy".

Ramsay is yet to respond to her comments, but we imagine his views with start with the letter 'F' and end in the word 'Off'.
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'MasterChef' and 'Food Network Star' help keep summer TV food shows burning

Summer is about throwing meat, fish and veggies on the grill; tossing salads of all sorts; savoring watermelon, peaches and cherries; and downing iced tea and lemonade by the gallon.

But there comes a time when the sun has finally gone down, the embers have died, stomachs are full, and the time for relaxing in front of the television has come -- just in time to get some new recipes for the next summer cookout or just watch other people sweat in the kitchen.

Here are a few suggestions for your TV food menu:

"Food Network Star" (Sundays, Food Network): Currently in its ninth season, the competitive reality show still strives to produce a chef worthy of his or her own show (although the Season 2 winner, Guy Fieri, continues to be the biggest success). Each week, judges Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Alton Brown put the competitors through their paces.
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Gillian Anderson's 'The Fall' opens to 3.5m viewers on BBC Two

The Fall opened to decent viewing figures for BBC Two on Monday evening, overnight data reveals.

Gillian Anderson's new crime drama launched with 3.53 million viewers (15.4%) at 9pm, beaten only by soaps and news programming. Earlier, Auction Hero opened to 1.50m (6.6%) at 8pm.

On BBC One, Rip Off Britain was seen by 3.39m (16.2%) at 7.30pm, while Panorama's unemployment special attracted 1.83m (7.8%) at 8.30pm. The Prisoners ended with 2.74m (11.9%) at 9pm.

Adrian Edmondson's The Dales launched with a decent 3.19m (14.2%) at 8pm, with a further 132,000 (0.6%) on +1.

Sir Ian McKellen comedy Vicious dropped nearly another million viewers for its third episode, grabbing 2.66m (11.5%) at 9pm (241k/1.3% on +1). The Job Lot fell to 2.17m (9.5%) at 9.30pm (190k/1.3%).

On Channel 4, new series Skint launched with 2.50m (10.9%) at 9pm (637k/3.9% on +1). Earlier, Superscrimpers was seen by 1.05m (4.5) at 8.30pm. Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares grabbed 1.02m (6.3%) at 10pm.

On Channel 5, Ben Fogle's New Lives
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'Broadchurch' climbs to over 7 million viewers on ITV

Broadchurch climbed once again in the ratings on ITV last night (April 15), overnight data reveals.

The crime drama's penultimate episode thrilled 6.93 million viewers (27.7%) on ITV at 9pm, with 342,000 (1.9%) tuning in on ITV+1.

Earlier, James Nesbitt's Ireland educated 3.37m (14.4%) at 8pm on the channel.

On BBC One, The One Show brought in 4.01m (20.1%) at 7pm, followed by Bang Goes the Theory with 3.14m (14.3%) at 7.30pm.

John Sweeney's controversial Panorama special from North Korea was seen by 5.06m (20.3%) at 8.30pm.

New convict documentary series The Prisoners attracted 3.58m (14.3%) at 9pm.

On BBC Two, University Challenge quizzed 2.97m (12.6%) at 8pm, while Paul Hollywood's Bread achieved 2.03m (8.2%) at 8.30pm. Documentary Fit to Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History attracted 1.78m (7.1%) at 9pm.

Channel 4's new series of The Hoarder Next Door won 1.76m (7.0%) at 9pm. Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares brought in 901k (5.2%) at 10pm.

On Channel 5, natural world series Nature Shock opened to 740k (3.1%) at 8pm,
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Alex Polizzi: an angry helper too far

The new series of The Fixer seems a little harsh in the economic climate. Have you also had it with shows about bossy people saving small businesses with very tough love?

Here's an idea for a TV series. A successful, no-nonsense television mogul is taken to a number of ailing independent production companies to fix all their problems. He initially encounters resistance when he orders them to stop relying on stale old formats about successful, no-nonsense moguls who go to help failing businesses, but then – because this is the way that these things go – he changes the font of their logo, plays Rule the World by Take That and everyone weeps with gratitude.

To be fair, it's only a matter of time before this series actually happens. Every other industry already has one of these "angry-helper" shows. Hotels have The Hotel Inspector. Shops have Mary Portas. Property developers have Sarah Beeny.
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Friday TV Show Ratings: Fringe, Shark Tank, CSI: NY, Blue Bloods, Malibu Country

Friday, January 11, 2013 ratings -- New episodes: Undercover Boss, Last Man Standing, Malibu Country, Shark Tank, 20/20, CSI: NY, Blue Bloods, Fringe, and Dateline. Episode reruns: 1600 Penn, Kitchen Nightmares, Nikita, and Arrow.

ABC

8pm - Last Man Standing: 1.5 in the demo (+7% change) with 7.05 million.

8:30pm - Malibu Country: 1.4 in the demo (+17% change) with 6.15 million.

9pm - Shark Tank: 2.0 in the demo (+11% change) with 6.84 million.

10pm - 20/20: 1.5 in the demo (+7% change) with 4.98 million.

CBS

8pm - Undercover Boss: 1.8 in the demo (+20% change) with 9.03 million.

9pm - CSI: NY: 1.6 in the demo (+14% change) with 10.74 million.

10pm - Blue Bloods: 1.6 in the demo (+23% change) with 11.13 million.

The CW:

8pm - Nikita: (rerun) 0.3
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TV ratings: 'Fringe' hits series low before finale; 'Blue Bloods,' 'Shark Tank' steady

In its penultimate week on the air, Fox's sci-fi cult favorite "Fringe" is going out with a whimper, hitting a series low in total viewers after being off the air for two weeks. "Fringe" will air its two-hour series finale next week.

The previous total viewer low for "Fringe" came on Nov. 9 when 2.47 million viewers tuned in for "Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There." Last night's episode, "The Boy Must Live," notched 2.42 million viewers and a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49, which also appears to be a series low unless an adjustment is made in the final numbers.

Otherwise it was mostly business as usual for a Friday night. ABC's "Shark Tank" led in the 18-49 demo, with only CBS' "Undercover Boss" nipping on its heels. CBS' "Blue Bloods" won in total viewers, per usual, and hit a season high in the 18-49 demo. Lead-in "CSI: NY" also
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What to TiVo: Friday

8:00 Last Man Standing (new) 8:30 Malibu Country (new) 9:00 Shark Tank (new) 10:00 20/20 (new) 11:35 Jimmy Kimmel Live (new, with guests Sofia Vergara and George Lois) 8:00 Undercover Boss (new) 9:00 CSI: NY (new) 10:00 Blue Bloods (new) 11:35 The Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guests Catherine Zeta-Jones and Allison Williams) 12:37 Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new, with guests Julie Chen and Angela Kinsey) 8:00 Kitchen Nightmares (repeat) 9:00 Fringe (new) 8:00 1600 Penn (repeat) 8:30 1600 Penn (repeat) 9:00 Dateline NBC (new) 11:34 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Ben Affleck and Kristen Bell) 12:37 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guests David Duchovny, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley) 8:00 Nikita (repeat) 9:00 Arrow (repeat More TV to watch when you read more.
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Friday TV Show Ratings: Back to the Beginning, DreamWorks Dragons, Mammoth Christmas, and Reruns

Friday, December 28, 2012 ratings -- New episodes: none. Specials: Back To The Beginning With Christiane Amanpour, DreamWorks Dragons: Gift Of The Night Fury (rerun), and Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (rerun). Episode reruns: Shark Tank, Undercover Boss, Go On, Dateline, Kitchen Nightmares, Nikita, and Arrow.

Below are the fast affiliate ratings. The "demo" refers to the viewers in the 18-49 demographic. The percentages represent the change since the previous original episode. (Percentages aren't given for reruns or specials.) "Millions" refers to the total number of viewers.

To see past ratings for a particular show, click the show's link. The show pages are updated with the daily final ratings when they become available. Those pages include percentage changes in both the demo and total viewership, in addition to season averages to date.

ABC

9pm - Shark Tank: (rerun) 1.4
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TV Ratings: 'Dateline: NBC' tops Friday night reruns with biggest audience since September 2011

Fast National ratings for Friday, Dec. 28, 2012.

A two-hour rerun of "Dateline: NBC" led a quiet night of repeat programming, giving the Peacock net the lead in average total viewers (5.4 million) and adults 18-49 (1.4).

In its second hour, "Dateline" attracted a whopping 4 million more viewers than the previous week, and its 6.8 million viewer average marked the show's biggest overall audience for a Friday telecast since September 2011.

ABC earned the second-place spot (5.33 million viewers, 1.1 rating) with a "Shark Tank" rerun and "Back to the Beginning With Christiane Amanpour." CBS' "Undercover Boss" marathon drew an average of 4.56 million viewers (1.0), while Fox followed in fourth place (2.35 million, 0.8) with post-Christmas specials "Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury" and "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas." The CW averaged 1.06 million viewers and 0.2 rating for its "Nikita" and "Arrow" encores.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: "Undercover Boss" rerun (5.5 million viewers, 3.6/6 households)

ABC: "Shark Tank" rerun (5.4 million viewers,
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Midseason TV schedule for 2013

Midseason TV schedule for 2013
Updated 12/31: New year, new shows for the broadcast nets. The most promising new series looks to be the Kevin Bacon starrer from The Vampire DiariesKevin Williamson called The Following, which features the sexy James Purefoy (Rome) in a very unsexy role. There’s also a new reality show rolling out on CBS Fridays called The Job (which will fill the bill until the Eye’s other job-based show, Undercover Boss, returns), and NBC’s got a Revenge-like drama called Deception bowing on Monday.

Here’s the full schedule for now:

Monday

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What to TiVo: Friday

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8:00 Shark Tank (repeat) 9:00 Back to the Beginning With Christiane Amanpour (new) 11:35 Nightline (new) 12:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live! (repeat, with guests Ryan Seacrest and Erin Andrews) 8:00 Undercover Boss (repeat) 9:00 Undercover Boss (repeat) 10:00 Undercover Boss (repeat) 11:35 Late Show With David Letterman (repeat, with guest Bill Murray) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (with guest Mindy Kaling and Carrot Top) 8:00 Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury 8:30 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special 9:00 Kitchen Nightmares (repeat) 8:00 Go On (repeat) 8:30 Go On (repeat) 9:00 Dateline NBC (new) 11:34 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (repeat, with Megan Fox and Johnny Manziel) 11:37 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (repeat, with guests Christoph Waltz and Amy Sedaris) 8:00 Nikita (repeat) 9:00 Arrow (repeat) More TV to watch when you read more.
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Saturday TV Show Ratings: Made in Jersey, Cops, 48 Hours, WWE Tribute to the Troops

Saturday, December 23, 2012 ratings -- New episodes: Cops, Made in Jersey, and 48 Hours. Specials: Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice 2 (rerun), Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (rerun), A Chipmunk Christmas (rerun), Cma Country Christmas (rerun), Saturday Night Live (rerun), and WWE Tribute to the Troops. Episode reruns: Kitchen Nightmares and Cops.

Below are the fast affiliate ratings. The "demo" refers to the viewers in the 18-49 demographic. The percentages represent the change since the previous original episode. (Percentages aren't given for reruns or specials.) "Millions" refers to the total number of viewers.

To see past ratings for a particular show, click the show's link. The show pages are updated with the daily final ratings when they become available. Those pages include percentage changes in both the demo and total viewership, in addition to season averages to date.
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