Good Eats ’ debut was part of Food Network’s official “relaunch” in June of 1999, alongside other new programs like Iron Chef, Hot Off The Grill With Bobby Flay, and East Meets West With Ming Tsai . (The massively popular Emeril Live premiered two years prior.)All were indicative of the network’s move away from the staid, sober approach to cooking shows and toward a more entertainment-minded model. And it worked like gangbusters. By the end of that year, Food Network was in 40 million homes, and boasted a 50 percent increase in number of viewers over the previous year. (Today, it’s in more than 90 million homes.) For years, Good Eats was an integral part of the channel’s primetime lineup, running new episodes on Wednesday nights and reruns throughout the day and overnight.