Season two begins production this Spring
LOS ANGELES — Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) has ordered an eight-episode third season of hit cooking competition series MasterChef Junior, it was jointly announced today by FOX, Shine America and One Potato Two Potato. Production on Season Two and Season Three will begin this spring.
“MasterChef Junior has proven itself to be the little show with a big bite – so big, we’ve picked it up for a third season,” said Simon Andreae, Executive Vice President, Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “It’s incredible to see how unbelievably creative and skilled kids can be in the kitchen – some before they’ve even learned how to SPELL what they’re cooking! We can’t wait to meet the talent that our judges discover in the next two cycles.”
MasterChef Junior gives talented kids between the ages of eight and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary ability and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges. Host, executive producer and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay is joined by restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot Bistro) on the MasterChef Junior judging panel.
During its first season, MasterChef Junior averaged 5.1 million total viewers and ranked No. 1 in its time period among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Women 18-49/18-34, Men 18-49/18-34 and Teens. MasterChef Junior improved FOX’s performance in the time period versus last year by +58% among Adults 18-49. In addition, the show averaged a +50% lift from its Live + Same Day to its Live +7 Adults 18-49 rating – the largest percentage gain of any unscripted series on the Big 4 networks.
MasterChef Junior is produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Shine. Shine International handles distribution for the MasterChef format. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.
About One Potato Two Potato
Renowned for award-winning original programming, the company produces high-quality TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, including the smash-hit Hotel Hell, which was the highest-rated new network show of summer 2012 and whose second season returns soon to FOX; the blockbuster MasterChef and new hit MasterChef Junior, both for FOX; major food competition series Food Court Wars, the second season of which is currently airing; Best New Restaurant, a new cable series premiering soon, as well as massive U.K. hit Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars and Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape, for Channel 4; and My Kitchen, for UKTV’s Good Food Channel.
About Shine America
Shine America is a world leader in producing and distributing compelling scripted and unscripted television and digital content. Shine America is known for popular and award-winning original series, including The Biggest Loser and The Face, as well as adaptations of Shine Group formats, such as MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, Minute to Win It and the upcoming series Slide Show (working title), as well as scripted series, including The Bridge, Gracepoint and Utopia. Shine America incorporates several divisions, including unscripted format label Ardaban, which develops and distributes original content to the U.S. marketplace.
The company also has a joint-venture with award-winning producer Nigel Lythgoe (Nigel Lythgoe Productions). The global Shine 360˚ division builds brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. The company has also developed over 20 groundbreaking original online series on MSN, Yahoo!, YouTube premium channels and other platforms, many produced in partnership with global brands. Through Shine Group’s distribution arm, Shine International, Shine America distributes its extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries.