'Top Chef' finale on front burner


Bravo cooked up solid numbers for the second-season finale of "Top Chef" on Wednesday night.

A series-high 3.9 million total viewers tuned in to 10-11 p.m. episode to see Ilan Hall take top honors in the competition show, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was good enough to make it the No. 1 cable telecast for the night.

Bravo also touted the fact that the "Chef" finale beat ABC's "Primetime" in the time slot in adults 18-49 (2.9 million vs. 2.7 million).

Compared with the first-season finale in May, "Chef's" finale Wednesday night was up 157% in total viewers (3.9 million vs. 1.5 million) and up 185% in 18-49 (2.9 million vs. 1 million).

Meanwhile, new series "Top Design" debuted at 11 p.m.-midnight Wednesday, averaging 1.8 million total viewers and 1.3 million in the 18-49 demo. While that marks a significant dropoff from its "Chef" lead-in, "Top Design's" debut stands as the highest-rated series premiere in Bravo history.

"Top Design" moves into its regular 10 p.m. slot Wednesday.