TV Ratings Monday: 'MasterChef' Premiere Up Big, 'Hell's Kitchen' Down A Little; 'America's Got Talent', 'American Ninja Warrior' and 'The Bachelorette' Make Gains

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June 5th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.3/7 2.1/6 1.7/5 1.3/4 1.2/3 0.1/0
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8/7 1.5/5 1.4/5 0.8/3 1.1/4 0.1/0
Total Viewers (million) 5.281 7.287 6.226 5.388 3.054 0.442


FOX was the top-rated network last night with adults 18-49, but NBC led with total viewers

On NBC, America's Got Talent earned a 3.2 rating, up four-tenths from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. American Ninja Warrior garnered a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth from last week's 2.1 rating.

On ABC, The Bachelorette scored a 2.1 rating, up two tenths from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

The premieres of Hell's Kitchen earned a 2.4 18-49 rating down  one-tenth from last summer's Monday premiere. MasterChef earned a 2.3 rating, up five-tenths from last summer's 1.8 premiere rating.

CBS and The CW were all repeats.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, June 4 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC America's Got Talent 3.2 10 12.056
FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.4 7 5.396
ABC The Bachelorette (8-10 PM) 2.1 6 6.719
CBS How I Met Your Mother -R 1.3 4 4.202
CW Breaking Pointe -R 0.2 1 0.550
9:30 PM CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 1.3 4 4.540
9:00PM FOX MasterChef 2.3 6 5.165
NBC American Ninja Warrior 2.2 6 6.653
CBS Two And A Half Men -R 1.5 4 6.506
CW The Catalina -R 0.1 0 0.335
9:30PM CBS Mike and Molly -R 1.3 3 5.918
10:00PM CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 1.2 3 5.582
NBC Grimm -R 1.0 3 3.153
ABC Castle -R 0.9 3 5.241

via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.4/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.8/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4. 
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • 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" (1.0/3 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 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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  • a p garcia

    AGT has convinced me that variety shows can succeed if done properly, unfortunately recent incarnations of variety prpograms, in my opinion, were not done properly. Go AGT!

  • Kayla

    I can’t wait for Revolution next Fall. It looks so so good.
    Medialife poll has Revolution, Elementary and 666 Parc Avenue as the the biggest hits next season. All of them look great, but Revolution is the best promo I have watched in at least 4 years.

  • DonnaT

    Can anyone explain (including Bill and Robert) The CW “summer strategy” of repeating/encoring new episodes of The Catalina and Breaking Pointe two and three times, rather than rerunning of 90210 and HoD (not to mention a TVD rerun that was preempted last week for repeats of TC and BP)?

    I know GG repeated terribly on average last summer so I can understand that. Do “(current) new show repeats” (TC/BP) have more value to the “Advertisers” than repeats of veteran shows (90210/HoD – barely) that would likely repeat as well as either repeat or new episodes of TC/BP). I understand that Mark Pedowitz is striving for more new content, less repeats, but is rerunning TC/BP twice really achieving his goal?

    I would have aired repeats of 90210/HoD last night.

  • WoWza

    FOX has gold on their hands….

    Hells Kitchen and Masterchef – and these should go up a tad tonight probably. There is a core, dedicated audience now attached to both. Masterchef should overtake Hells Kitchen within two weeks. Its an incredible series.

    FOX profiting Mondays and tuesdays witht hese two shows (and Hotel Hell?) and Wed is bigggg still with SYTYCD (good oend day format).

    Thursdays will premeire BIG too – just wait. 2.5 and higher…. Maybe 2.9 – 3.o fr the choice. Big following for Cat Deeley and great Buzz and concept and actually known stars. WIll be big for FOX.

  • Nick

    The CW repeats The Catalina and Breaking Pointe more often so more people will view it and more people will come back for more in its regular slot. Farther into the summer we’ll see more regular-season show repeats.

  • Petar

    So Monday now is NBC day all year long! Good. With Sunday in the fall and may be strong tuesdays and fridays they will be #2 network next year.

  • david

    I wonder if that repeat of the catalina last night will help it tonight. and the repeat of Breaking Point will help on Thursday night.

  • Chris

    Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef sure skew very young. I guess Gordon Ramsay provides the drama that young men like me crave.

  • David Howell

    I have a feeling that Fox’s Monday lineup this summer will be their Friday lineup next spring. Even if they get 1.5 out of it in the spring, it’ll trounce Touch/Fringe at a fraction of the price.

  • Alan

    Love Masterchef. Glad people are finally catching on. Season 1 was good, Season 2 was great. It’s by far the best of the various Gordon Ramsay series….

  • Jason

    It’s very odd that NBC’s reality shows, The Voice and AGT, are basically it’s bread winners now.

  • Noname_Rex


    …keep dreaming…and this is coming from a NBC sympathizer.

  • Evan

    Wow AGT and ninja warrior are holding up pretty well. Surprised NBC hasn’t moved AGT out of summer and into the fall or the spring. The show would probably maintain its ratings or sip just a little and that would be amazing ratings for NBC. But I guess NBC needs something for summer and this is all they have

  • In My Opinion


  • DamC

    @In My Opinion

    The premiere episodes of The Catalina and Breaking Pointe had decent ratings, so there’s no need to replace them with repeats.

    it’s the third time these episodes of Catalina and Breaking Pointe repeat in less than a week no wonder why the ratings are this low

  • In My Opinion


    a 0.3/1 for an original episode is NOT “decent” !

  • fringewillget5seasons

    Grimm repeated better than most of NBC’s other freshmen did in main season first run.

    At least they have one highlight.

  • Anna

    Reality shows are successful if the production value is there.

    I think The CW should think about airing new scripted programming during the summer.

  • Michael

    Chef Ramsey needs his own network! He’s gold.

  • Nick

    @In My Opinion

    You’re not gonna get better ratings from Gossip Girl or Nikita repeats than Breaking Pointe or The Catalina.

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