Fox rode strong premieres for its two Monday night food shows to a ratings win for prime time Monday night, according to Nielsen overnights, TVbytheNumbers.com reports.
“MasterChef” bowed with a 2.3 average rating in the key 18-49 demo, up five-tenths of a ratings point from its 1.8 average for its premiere last summer. Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” scored even better with a 2.4, although that was down one-tenth from the show’s Monday premiere last summer.
The closest competition came from NBC’s reality lineup, with “America’s Got Talent” coming in as the top show of the night with a 3.2 rating in 18-49 — up four-tenths of a point from a week ago — while “American Ninja Warrior” pulled in a 2.2, up one-tenth.
ABC had its own dog in the reality hunt with a two-hour installment of “The Bachelorette,” which was up two-tenths from a week ago to a 2.1 in viewers 18-49. But both ABC and NBC saw their nightly averages dragged down by repeat programming in the 10 p.m. hour, while CBS took itself out of the running with an all-repeat prime-time lineup.
When the smoke cleared it was Fox on top for prime time with a 2.3 average in 18-49, followed by NBC (2.1 average), ABC (1.7) and CBS (1.3). NBC took the top spot in total viewers with 7.3 million, followed by ABC with 6.2 million, CBS with 5.4 million and Fox with 5.3 million.