Thursday, April 9, 2009

Cooking Show Heads the TVB Ratings

Beautiful Cooking II, a sequel to TVB's hit show of 2006 and 2007, made its debut on Hong Kong screens last week, and immediately topped the ratings for the week 30 March to 5 April. The new show doesn't tamper with the successful format of its predecessor: each week three guest female celebrities are required to cook up several (usually difficult) dishes, and two guest judges taste the results and award points accordingly. The best results, in terms of entertainment value, are when the contestants are inept in the kitchen, and the judges cutting in their remarks. The show is hosted by Ronald Cheng, Alex Fong and Edmond Cheong, all of whom return from the 2007 show.

Beautiful Cooking II - the Chinese title is 美女廚房 which actually means "Beautiful Girls' Kitchen" - averaged 30 rating points, and reached a peak of 31. One reason it made number one is that TVB's current crop of drama serials, The Winter Melon and King of Snooker, and the nightly sitcom Off Pedder, are delivering only modest ratings for the station. The Winter Melon could register just 27 points for its season finale, while the disappointing King of Snooker continues to lose audience.

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