Friday, April 26, 2019

Food Network Orders More Restaurant: Impossible Episodes

Restaurant: Impossible returned to the Food Network last week after an almost three year hiatus.  This season is only four episodes long and the expectation was that Food Network would look at these as a test run to see if they wanted to order more episodes.  After only one episode airing, the Food Network announced that they have ordered an additional eight-episodes and filming has already started.

The season 14 premiere episode that aired on Saturday, April 20th was the highest-rated Saturday night Food Network telecast since 2015.  An article about the premiere episode stated that Restaurant: Impossible was picked up for an eight-episode 15th season, so it appears Food Network made the decision to renew the show even before they saw the ratings.

The episodes filming now should air sometime in the summer and we will have to wait to see if they keep Restaurant: Impossible on Saturdays or move it to another night.

The press release from Discovery is below:


New Episodes Begin Production This Month, Slated for Premiere in Summer 2019

NEW YORK – April 25, 2019 – Coming off the April 20th season premiere, Food Network today announced it has fast tracked new episodes of Restaurant: Impossible to premiere later this summer. Hosted by Chef and Food Network personality Robert Irvine, each episode of Restaurant: Impossible features Robert visiting struggling restaurant owners to help them turn around their fortunes with just two days and $10,000 for a budget. Production on the eight new episodes begins this month with stops planned around the country.

“Desperate restaurant owners continue to seek guidance from Robert Irvine and his team to help fix their restaurant’s most anemic areas and get on a path to profitability,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network. “Robert’s tough love approach and genuine care and concern for these restaurant owners resonates so strongly with our audience and we cannot wait to give viewers more of what they love about Robert, with his commitment and dedication in helping people turn around their lives.”

Currently in its 14th season, Restaurant: Impossible airs Saturdays at 9pm. In its April 20th premiere, the series notched a .7 rating (L3 P25-54), +83% vs. YAGO, while attracting nearly 2 million viewers, making it a top 10 telecast in its timeslot among ad-supported cable and the highest-rated Saturday night Food Network telecast since 2015. Fans can learn more about Robert Irvine and the restaurants featured in the current season at, and follow #RestaurantImpossible to go behind the scenes of the action with Robert.


FOOD NETWORK ( is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories; the portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

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