TV Ratings Monday : 'Hell's Kitchen' Ties Summer High, Leads Fox Win; 'Bachelor Pad' Rises

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August 30th, 2011

Scoreboard FOX Uni ABC NBC CBS CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.3/6 1.6/4 1.6/4 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.7/6 1.7/6 1.3/4 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.996 3.667 5.627 5.303 4.922 0.707

Hell's Kitchen tied its summer high 2.9 adults 18-49 rating at 9pm, up 7% vs. last Monday. With it, Fox easily won the broadcast ratings night with adults 18-49, while ABC scored a total viewers victory.

Bachelor Pad rose 5% vs. last Monday to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating from 8-10p.

The only new show on NBC, a Dateline featuring an interview with Dick Cheney, drew a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC numbers are reasonably likely to be adjusted downward due to local market pre-emptions for the Jets-Giants preseason Monday Night Football game (the NBC affiliates in NYC, Albany and Syracuse broadcast the game). Fox adjustments are far less likely, as its affiliates in Hartford and Binghamton broadcast the game.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, August 29, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 ABC BACHELOR PAD 2.0 6 6.582
FOX HELL'S KITCHEN - R 1.6 5 3.882
NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 6 - R 1.2 4 5.243
CW GOSSIP GIRL - R 0.3 1 0.891
8:30 ABC BACHELOR PAD 1.9 6 6.172
FOX HELL'S KITCHEN - R 1.7 5 3.750
NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 6 - R 1.2 3 4.973
CW GOSSIP GIRL - R 0.3 1 0.751
9:00 FOX HELL'S KITCHEN 2.8 7 6.039
ABC BACHELOR PAD 2.0 5 6.278
CBS TWO AND A HALF MEN - R 1.5 4 5.364
NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 6 - R 1.3 4 5.165
CW ONE TREE HILL - R 0.3 1 0.631
9:30 FOX HELL'S KITCHEN 2.9 7 6.315
ABC BACHELOR PAD 2.1 5 6.553
NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 6 - R 1.4 3 5.141
CBS MIKE & MOLLY - R 1.3 3 5.067
CW ONE TREE HILL - R 0.2 1 0.557
10:00 NBC DATELINE:  NBC 1.4 4 5.702
CBS HAWAII FIVE-0 - R 1.1 3 5.336
ABC CASTLE - R 0.9 2 4.131
10:30 NBC DATELINE:  NBC 1.4 4 5.596
CBS HAWAII FIVE-0 - R 1.1 3 5.218
ABC CASTLE - R 0.8 2 4.045

via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

Note: Currently available metered-market averages exclude numerous major markets, including New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington and are therefore subject to significant revision.

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets (with several major markets currently excluded), household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.8/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.1/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters (with several major markets currently excluded), adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 0.8/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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