The Fox Network rode a surge in one of its summer series to a prime-time ratings win Monday night, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that "MasterChef" rose 17% from a week ago to a 2.1 average rating in viewers 18-49, coming in as the highest-rated episode of the summer and the top show on broadcast prime Monday night. Even with Fox's "Hotel Hell" premiering with a 1.5 average — 21% below the 1.9 the show delivered for its series premiere two years ago — Fox had enough to win the night in the demo.
Second-place NBC rested its fortunes mainly on its two-hour "American Ninja Warrior," which equaled its season high with a 1.9 average in 18-49, up 12% from a week ago. A repeat of "Last Comic Standing" settled for an 0.8.
ABC's two-hour "The Bachelorette: Men Tell All" ticked up 6% from last week to a 1.8 in the 18-49 demo, while "Mistresses" remained at a 1.0.
CBS settled for a tie for fourth place on the night with Univision as two hours of comedy repeats could do no better than a 1.0 in adults 18-49 (with "2 Broke Girls," "Mike & Molly" and "Two and a Half Men" all hitting that mark), and the network's lone fresh program, "Under the Dome," fell 21% from last week to a series-low 1.5.
For prime time overall, Fox's 1.8 average rating was the best on broadcast in viewers 18-49, followed by NBC (1.6 average), ABC (1.5) and Univision and CBS (both 1.2). Total viewers was competitive across the big four broadcast nets, with ABC coming out on top with 5.735 million viewers, followed by CBS (5.121 million), Fox (4.925 million), NBC (4.907 million) and Univision (3.044 million).