FOX Orders Second Season of 'Hell's Kitchen'

Gordon Ramsay will be back to terrorize another set of would-be chefs for FOX.

The network has ordered its cooking-competition series “Hell’s Kitchen” for a second season, based on a decent run this summer and strong ratings for last week’s two-hour finale.

The final episode saw Michael Wray, a 27-year-old chef from Colorado, win the title of “Head Chef” from the demanding Ramsay and the chance to run his own restaurant. It was the highest-rated episode of the series and also delivered the show’s best ratings among FOX’s core demographics of adults 18-49.

It was most likely the demographic numbers that earned the show a pickup. “Hell’s Kitchen” averaged a little over 7 million viewers during its run — decent for summer but not a smash. But it was consistently among the top 10 in adults 18-49, which is generally how FOX measures its success.

There’s no word yet on when the show’s second season might air. FOX’s midseason schedule looks fairly well set at the moment, although much could change between now and January.