Can you imagine a world without the over-the-top drama and big shot, head-to-head competition of Iron Chef: America? Rumor has it that the show, a Food Network staple for nine years, may not be as popular as it once was, and that the Food Network could be removing Iron Chef from its programming schedule, according to Eater. However, representatives from The Food Network have told The Daily Meal that there are no truth to these rumors about the iconic landmark show, and the network is not sure how the rumors began.
The Food Network has only created two new episodes of Iron Chef this year, and the one that premiered in March featuring Bobby Flay was only the 38th most viewed Food Network program for the week with only 877,000 viewers. A popular Iron Chef episode in 2012 pulled in 1.424 million viewers, and in 2013 an average, 1.35 million viewers watched Iron Chef America. The Kitchen Stadium seems to be waning in popularity, but luckily for Food Network fans, the fork-to-fork battles will still go on.
Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi