Tune In: Original Cable Programming
No. of subscribers: 91 million
Network topper: Brooke Johnson
Programming toppers: Bob Tuschman, Sergei Kuharsky
Top originals: The Next Food Network Star, Feasting on Asphalt, The Next Iron Chef of America
Upcoming originals: Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives (series), Simply Delicioso (series), Food Dudes (series), Food Network Awards (special) Emeril’s Army-Navy Cookoff (special)
The skinny: Company has finally filled an empty G.M. position since Brooke Johnson was promoted out of it four years ago, and is concentrating on expanding its reach beyond the linear net, most notably a marketing pact with Kohl’s and a publishing agreement with Taunton Press. Ratings are up a drop in year-to-year comparisons for the net that helped launch Rachael Ray into the syndie stratosphere.