TV Ratings Monday: 'Hell's Kitchen' Wins Night; 'Master Chef' and 'The Bachelorette' Rise; Stanley Cup Game 6 Hits Record Low

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June 12th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/8 1.9/5 1.6/5 1.4/4 1.2/3 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/7 1.4/5 1.2/4 0.9/3 1.1/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.00 6.58 4.15 5.67 3.19 0.58


Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC (NHL Stanley Cup) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

FOX was the top-rated network last night with adults 18-49, while ABC led with total viewers.

On FOX,  Hell's Kitchen earned a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating up 13% from a 2.4 for last week's premiere. MasterChef scored a 2.6 among adults 18-49 up 13% from last week's 2.3.

On ABC, The Bachelorette garnered a 2.3  adults 18-49 rating up 5% from last week's 2.1.

On NBC, game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals scored a preliminary 1.6 adults 18-49 rating , down 20% from last year's Game 6, though this number will almost certainly change in the final ratings. This is the lowest rated Game 6 ever.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, June 11 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.7/9 6.16
ABC The Bachelorette (8-10PM) 2.3/7 7.33
NBC 2012 Stanley Cup Final (8-11PM) Live 1.6/5 4.15
CBS How I Met Your Mother - R 1.3/4 4.85
CW Breaking Pointe - R 0.3/1 0.73
8:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls - R 1.5/4 5.53
9:00 FOX MasterChef 2.6/7 5.84
CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.5/4 6.41
CW The Catalina - R 0.2/0 0.44
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly - R 1.4/4 5.83
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five- 0 - R 1.2/3 5.71
ABC Castle - R 1.1/3 5.06

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," 2.2/6, delayed by hockey; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3, delayed by hockey; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in metered-market households, delayed by hockey) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49, delayed by hockey) 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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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Jay

    It’s sad how CBS summer comedy repeat ratings are comparable to NBC’s winter comedy schedule..

  • Joel

    i will never understand the cw ratings.. repeat matches originals sometimes does better in viewer ship xD

  • Mark


  • Nick

    I don’t understand why NBC couldn’t have left AGT on Tuesday/Wednesday, because it’s killing Hell’s Kitchen/Masterchef hugely, and The Bachelorette to some extent. Why can’t every network have a hit? Why must 4 of the biggest summer hits go head to head on a single night? I guess NBC feels like such a loser during the actual season they have to bully the other networks at any chance they get.

  • Survivor Fan

    Great numbers for Ramsey

  • rick

    All the networks should run re-runs of their best shows in the summer, but CBS seems to be the only net with good shows to re-run. ABC & NBC would be better running some of their hits from 5-10 years ago, but of course they don’t have the rights to them anymore.

  • Ben Thompson

    Well at least it finally went up. It could maybe break a 2.0 in the finals but not sure at all about that. Hopefully next year, it features two better teams.

  • John A

    @Nick Why Would NBC care about fox or ABC?

  • a p garcia

    Wow NBC beat CBS again. Ramsey needs no help

  • Chris

    I hope the media in Los Angeles is going nuts about the Kings’ Stanley Cup victory. LA is not a hockey town, but its proximity to Hollywood, combined with the Lakers and Clippers previously eliminated from the NBA playoffs, means it should be a HUGE deal. This is the second biggest media market we’re talking about, folks.

  • hubert_wentland

    @ a p garcia.

    yeah, beating cbs while its airing only reapeats by 0.2 point is pretty impressive. lol.

  • tatiG

    I don’t get it. what are the Stanley cup ratings for 8:30, 9pm etc… how come we see one Network on those times? Care to explain?

  • tatiG

    @Chris, yeah, but it seems people there don’t care about Hockey at all. Even when Jay Leno talks about it, he finds a way to insert the Lakers and the Clippers in the story.

    They will have a day to talk about it today, but when the NBA Playoffs start, it will be forgotten.

  • vern

    Love those numbers for the Castle repeat!

  • Illhaveanother

    @TatiG it says 8-11. Worst game 6 ever? Jeez! Well, at least it was the most for this series

  • Passions11

    So will the American Ninja Warrior that was pre-empted last night ever air?

  • Passions11

    Oops, just saw it on the schedule for 8pm tonight. :-)

  • 1mars

    The Stanley Cup was not even on the main NBC station in Seattle. It was on the secondary cable station. You had to hunt for it. The US is not a hockey country but it was nice to see the “feel good” story of LA finally winning it all.

  • Babygate

    Is it just me or does it seem like Fox’s Monday’s lineup gets better ratings than most Fox programs get during the Spring?

  • tatiG

    @Illhaveanother thanks.

    If NHL has true parity, shouldn’t a Canadian team win it every 3 yrs since Canada has a 1/3 of the teams?

    I think Garry Bettman just wants to prop up flailing US markets. Take a look at the recent winners. All BIG markets

    Chicago, Boston, LA, Pittsbourgh… Mark my words, NY will win it next year.

    Last night was some disgraceful officiating I have ever seen. He really wanted to keep the cup in LA.

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