Inside Fox’s Up and Down Ratings Start to 2022

The new year started off hot for Fox. And then it cooled

Happy New Year to Fox — sort of. The early part of the first week of 2022 was quite friendly to the Fox broadcast network. On Sunday, Jan. 2, the network’s latest cooking competition from Gordon Ramsay, “Next Level Chef,” enjoyed the best debut (a 1.6 Live + Same Day rating among adults 18-49) of any new broadcast series thus far this season. (The claim held when adding three days of delayed viewing and the show rose to a 1.7 rating. The No. 2 debut, NBC’s “La Brea,” was only at a 1.0 in Live + 3 Day numbers anyway, far behind “Next Level’s” Live + Same Day rating anyway.)

Of course, it was a calculated programming decision, with Fox electing to launch the culinary contest following its “America’s Game of the Week” NFL matchup featuring the Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys (and plenty of playoff implications).

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Tony Maglio

TV Editor • • Twitter: @tonymaglio