FLOTUS Episode Ignites Iron Chef Ratings

The Nielsen ratings are in, and the recent episode of “Iron Chef” filmed at the White House has been epic for The Food Network. The show aired on Jan. 3.

“The show was the highest rated show on cable TV for its time slot, 8-10 PM. And with about 4.6 million viewers, it was the highest rated and most-watched show in Food Network’s history,” reports the Obama Foodorama blog.

The competition pitted White House chef Cristeta Comerford and Bobby Flay against Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse. Comerford and Flay won. First Lady Michelle Obama also appeared on the show; the chefs used ingredients from her organic vegetable garden.

The numbers indicate that this episode was the most popular show in its eight seasons.

See Obama Foodorama report here.

>Addition: Today’s Mediabistro interview is with Food Network host and chef Sunny Anderson, a former DJ.