'Top Chef' cooks up new best


A "supersized" episode of Bravo's "Top Chef" averaged 2.2 million total viewers Wednesday, making it the most-watched episode of the culinary competition series ever.

The episode, which aired from 10-11 p.m., also was the top-rated cable program of the day among adults 25-54 (1.6 million) and delivered its largest audience in the adults 18-49 demo (1.6 million) to date, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Season 2 of the show, which was just picked up for a third season, is averaging 1.7 million total viewers, up 54% from the same point in Season 1.

Meanwhile, FX's "Dirt" got good news Thursday. Due to a Nielsen error, the show's premiere numbers were actually higher than reported, with 3.7 million total viewers, 2.4 million adults 18-49 and 1.2 million adults 18-34 tuning in to its 10 p.m. debut Tuesday. Those figures were good enough to make the episode cable's No. 1 program of the night in total viewers and both demos.