What Are the 10 Most-Watched Food TV Shows? You Might Be Surprised
Food-centric TV is more popular than ever, and it's easy to see why. I mean, who doesn't love a good cooking show? Whether it's the kind that teaches viewers how to make a delicious dish, a high-stakes competition that's a feast for the eyes, or a holiday-themed baking showdown, there's something in the genre for everyone. According to a recent study by The Hollywood Reporter, food television is the single fastest-growing niche in unscripted TV. And over the years, 10 shows have elevated themselves above the rest, either by virtue, their huge celebrity personalities, or just their own sheer charm (we're looking at you, MasterChef: Junior). Keep reading for the 10 most-watched food TV shows — is your favorite on the list?
24 Hours to Hell and Back
It's a new version of the popular extreme/quick makeover shows. Gordon Ramsay arrives at struggling restaurants to diagnose the problems and try to get them back on track in 24 hours, resulting in a lot of intense drama and personality conflicts.
How to watch: Season two is available for streaming on Fox.
The Great American Baking Show
Adapted from the UK hit The Great British Baking Show, the American version has the same premise. A group of amateur bakers compete weekly over the course of several weeks, with three challenges per week to test their skills. Even though it's a similar premise to many competition shows, its light, sweet tone is what's gained the franchise so many fans.
How to watch: This one's a little trickier: there aren't episodes available for streaming, nor a return date, but applications just closed in June for the next season, so there's at least one more on the way!
This is the intense series that first introduced us to hot-tempered chef Gordon Ramsay. A group of chefs compete in a high-pressure environment designed to test their mettle, with the promise of a real chef job as the prize at the end.
Surprisingly enough, the junior edition of Ramsay's MasterChef franchise is actually ranked higher than its original, adult counterpart! The lighter and softer version of the show is a straightforward cooking competition, with new themes and challenges each week, but it features incredibly talented kids aged 8 to 13.
Unlike some of the other cooking competitions, this one is specifically for amateur (or "home") chefs, putting them through a series of challenges — both individual and team-based — in pursuit of a $250,000 prize.
How to watch: The most recent season, season 10, is currently airing on Fox on Mondays at 8 p.m ET/7 p.m. CT. All 10 seasons are also available on Hulu.
Family Food Fight
Based on an Australian reality food show, it's all right there in the name. A group of families face off in a series of challenges, increasing in difficulty as one family is eliminated each episode.
How to watch: Season one is currently airing on ABC, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
Holiday Baking Championship
Food Network's annual holiday show pits a group of bakers against each other to create delicious and spectacular holiday treats. The network has also spun the show off into other variations centered on other holidays throughout the year.
How to watch: Selected episodes are available for streaming on Food Network. If you have cable, episodes also occasionally repeat throughout the schedule.
It's an epic Halloween-themed battle as teams of bakers, sugar artists, carvers, and cake sculptors create complicated Halloween displays. Each season is fairly short, usually running through October.
How to watch: New seasons begin in late September/early October each year on Food Network.
Buddy vs. Duff
Two of the biggest names in cake design face off in this competition. Cake Boss's Buddy Valastro goes up against the Ace of Cakes Duff Goldman, ready to decide once and for all who the ultimate cake master is.
How to watch: Unless you're ready to pay Amazon Prime for individual episodes, you're unfortunately out of luck — no streaming platforms include the show in their subscriptions.
It's one of the OG cooking shows, with a tried-and-true formula that's been around since the first season debuted in 2006. The format is simple: contestants cook for challenges and are judged by a panel of experts, but the challenges (and locations!) have gotten more and more unusual as the years have gone on.
How to watch: Fifteen seasons — which is every season except the most recent one — are available on Hulu.