3 Reality TV Bar & Restaurant Makeovers – Where Are They Now?Entertainment Top of the List
By now, we know that the thing with reality shows is that, they’re not always that real. So, what about the shows that take a real-world restaurants or bars and give them whirlwind makeovers? That’s all real and has a “real” impact, right? To find out, we looked at three of TV’s most popular reality food shows to find out what their success rates really look like.
1. Restaurant: Impossible
In Restaurant: Impossible, we see Chef Robert Irvine trying to salvage failing restaurants. But, according to Reality TV Revisited, through six seasons and 69 restaurants visited, 52 have closed. That’s a failure rate of 75.4%! But 17 are still open, which is a success rate of 24.6%.
2. Kitchen Nightmares
Next, we’re looking at Kitchen Nightmares with Chef Gordon Ramsay. In the seven seasons tracked by Reality TV Revisited, 106 restaurants have been visited, 76 have closed for a failure rate of 71.7%. That leaves 30 that are open, for a success rate of 28.3%. Slightly better than Restaurant: Impossible, but still not Hall of Fame numbers.
3. Bar Rescue
Finally, let’s take a look at Bar Rescue, hosted by the absolutely frightening Jon Taffer. Their numbers through six seasons are 124 bars visited and 45 closures. That’s a failure rate of 38.7%. That means 79 of those are still open for a success rate of 61.3%. Not too shabby!
So, when you see all those happy endings, remember that reality TV producers ultimately have one goal in mind – to get picked up for another season. While the hosts know their stuff, the productions are just parachuting in to get a compelling episode of reality TV.