Fox had a tough Monday night in the ratings, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo, but despite its struggles Fox pulled off a win for the night as the other broadcast networks fared even worse on the Memorial Day holiday.
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that Fox's eagerly anticipated reboot of "24" continued to lose ground, while its reality franchise "MasterChef" saw a large drop in the turnout for its season premiere. For prime time overall, Fox managed only a 1.5 average rating in viewers 18-49. But the best any of the other big four broadcast nets could do was a 1.3.
"24: Live Another Day" settled for a 1.5 average in the 18-49 demo, falling 12% from a week ago, while Fox's "MasterChef" premiere delivered only a 1.4 — down 33% from the season premiere a year ago.
ABC and NBC tied for second overall in prime time. NBC's two-hour season premiere of "American Ninja Warrior" pulled in a 1.5 average in adults 18-49, down 12% from the show's previous season premiere. The network led into it with an "American Ninja Warrior" clip show, which produced a 0.9.
ABC saw its two-hour "Bachelorette" sink to a series low with a 1.4 in 18-49, down 30% from last week's number. The network rounded out its prime time with a repeat of "Castle" (0.9 average).
CBS aired a mix of repeats and fresh programming, winding up in fifth place among the broadcast networks behind Univision. The fresh shows were "Friends With Better Lives," which sank to a series-low 1.4 average in the 18-49 demo, losing 13% from a week ago; and "48 Hours," which defied the overall downtrend by rising 13% from Saturday's rating with a 0.9.
For prime time overall, Fox led the 18-49 demo with a 1.5 average, ahead of ABC and NBC (both with 1.3 averages), Univision (1.1) and CBS (1.0). ABC topped the list in total viewers with 5.3 million, ahead of CBS (5.0 million), Fox (4.9 million), NBC (4.1 million) and Univision (2.7 million).