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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  • RG-X

    Ramsey! Ramsey! – Its a Ramsey Summer! love it! Fox must be happy how much the demo went back up –

  • K

    @Babygate- Are you referring to Fox’s Summer Mon ratings?

  • Ultima

    I don’t understand why NBC couldn’t have left AGT on Tuesday/Wednesday

    Due to the Olympics, it had to start early and therefore had to use The Voice’s timeslots. Once the auditions/callbacks are over, it will revert to the usual Tue/Wed schedule with Sun/Mon encores, although they’ll switch it back to Mon/Tue after the Olympics so that it lines up with The Voice again.

    I guess NBC feels like such a loser during the actual season they have to bully the other networks at any chance they get.

    They do still sell advertising space in the summertime…

  • K

    @RG-X I agree both HK and definitely Masterchef are really really good, this season. Glad for the ratings rise for both shows.

  • greenf

    That’s really sad for the NHL and Hockey as a whole. The regular season did great and NBC Sports Network beat a lot of records. But everything went down when the play-offs started.

  • Babygate

    Yes, I was referring specifically to Summer’s Monday ratings…

  • Jared

    I didn’t watch anything on Network Tv Monday nights..all the good shows are on cable.

  • K

    @Babygate. I thought so, this is all because of Gordon Ramsey

  • Justin121

    LOL @ The Kitchen Shows beating FOX’s own top-rated New Girl, House, Bones, Glee, Touch, Raising Hope, etc.

    Basically all things FOX — excluding Idol.

    Hell’s Kithcen is more entertaining than all of them. Combined.

  • JQ

    Probably didn’t help the Stanley Cup that the game was basically over in the 1st period after the Kings scored 3 goals in a 5 minute span. Wonder how the ratings would have turned out if the game was close. Doubt they would have been great, but they could have avoided a record low.

  • Matt

    No surprise there. Terrible, one sided series, no physicality, awful scheduling by the NHL.

    Also, kinda cute that tatiG considers Pittsburgh to be a “big market”, as for the officiating, Bernier’s hit was disgusting, and that’s what LA took control of the game on.

  • GARebelman

    Hell’s Kitchen is much better this season than last. Last season it was all about the annoying Elise. It seems Barbie is the one this year but she doesn’t annoy me to that level.

    Masterchef is great. Each season gets better and better. Glad both shows went up with AGT out.

  • Matt

    @greenf, the playoffs did fine ratings until the Conference Finals.

  • Nick

    Yay for HK and Masterchef.
    The two are the best shows currently on TV :-D

  • Nick

    ^ this summer, I mean.

  • Illhaveanother

    @Matt Pittsburgh is a big draw aren’t they in the NHL?

  • Beeker

    Dear networks and advertisers. Americans don’t care about hockey or soccer. The rest of the world needs hockey and soccer because they don’t have other choices, such as NFL, MLB, NASCAR, NCAA, MMA, faked wrestling, etc. Hockey only gets attention when the big markets watch it…otherwise, fickle viewers get distracted and switch channels.

  • Northeast891

    The series was a joke. Should of been a NY Rangers and LA Kings series going 7 games, would of averaged 4 to 5 million viewers easily.

  • Matto

    Can’t wait to see fthe fall’s Monday ratings! AT 10:00, I [actually] think Castle will win that race, with Revolution closely in 2nd, and H5O also closely in 3rd.

    Guestimated 10:00 Monday Premiers: (ABC – CBS – NBC)

    Castle (Season Premier): 13.1 Million, 2.7 in the dem.
    Revolution (Series Premier): 12.7 Million, 4.0 in the dem.
    Hawaii Five-O (Season Premier): 12.0 Million, 3.5 in the dem

    Im also guessing Revolution will win the demo race

  • Lena

    Castle was so good yesterday. Cuffed was one of my favorites episodes last season. Nathan Fillion deserved that People’s Choice Awards so much, he was SO funny yesterday. He and Stana have great chemistry.
    Counting days for September and the next morning after Castle&Beckket sex night. :) :)

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