TV Ratings Monday: 'Hell's Kitchen', 'MasterChef', 'American Ninja Warrior', and 'Fear Factor' Rise, While 'The Bachelorette' Hits New Low

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July 17th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/8 1.8/5 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.1/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/7 1.4/5 1.5/5 1.1/4 0.7/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.266 5.649 3.915 3.764 4.870 0.708


FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers

On FOX, Hell's Kitchen earned a 2.6, up a tenth from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. MasterChef was also up a tenth from last week's 2.5, earning a 2.6 among adults 18-49.

On ABC The Bachelorette earned a non-holiday season low 2.2, down three tenths from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. The Glass House tied last week's season low 1.0 rating.

On NBC  Fear Factor scored a 1.5 rating, up a tenth from last week's 1.4 rating. American Ninja Warrior was up three tenths, earning a 1.7 after last week's series low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, The Batmobile special earned a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49.

CBS was all Repeats for the evening.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday July 16, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.6 8 6.228
ABC The Bachelorette: Men Tell All (8-10 PM) 2.2 6
NBC Fear Factor 1.5 5 4.206
CBS How I Met Your Mother -R 1.1 4 4.068
CW The Batmobile 0.4 1 1.151
8:30 PM CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 1.2 4 4.179
CW The Batmobile -R 0.4 1 0.926
9:00PM FOX MasterChef 2.6 7 6.305
NBC American Ninja Warrior 1.7 5 4.455
CBS Two And A Half Men -R 1.2 3 5.023
CW Remodeled -R 0.2 0 0.378
9:30PM CBS Mike and Molly -R 1.2 3 4.670
10:00PM CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 1.1 3 5.641
ABC The Glass House 1.0 3 2.784
NBC Grimm -R 0.8 2 2.631

Via NBC Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.7/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4. 
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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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  • Mark

    WOW, Masterchef was basically the same as Hells Kitchen

  • tv_viewer

    I enjoyed watching The Batmobile special. I believe it is one of the few CW shows that likely skew male.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    NBC was stupid to cancel Fear Factor. They NEED to have something that separates them from the competition, risk-wise, because they sure as heck can’t compete with them ratings-wise. The free publicity they get from having “risque” episodes of FF would have been great for NBC. It would get people watching the network again.

  • rob60990

    Didn’t The Bachelorette hit a 1.9 on Memorial Day or that didn’t count?

  • John K.

    Did the CW air the Batmobile special twice in a row? And it got the same ratings both times?

  • John A

    As i said last week NBC were idiots to cancel Fear Factor.

  • neJANIS

    NBC indeed are idiots for canceling FF. Again.

  • John A

    HK and Masterchef are doing great. They started summer just scraping 2.0 and now gaining each week impressive.

  • Tony ^_^

    Without competition from America’s Got Talent, Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef are doing better.

  • Ultima

    @John K
    Did the CW air the Batmobile special twice in a row? And it got the same ratings both times?


  • Jim

    NBC has lost their damn minds, if they don’t re-re consider Seriously this is the one show on NBC that people will ALWAYS watch .

  • hubertwentland5

    I think CBS should do the one hour 2 Broke Girls/The Big Bang Theory crossover to air after the Super Bowl. I think at least 40 mln guaranteed, way higher than what 2BG could hold on its own, plus TBBT deserves it, like Friends or so in the past.

  • Phil

    Something actually crossed the one million mark on the Summer for The CW. Here’s a hint: “Male-skewer”

  • Billy

    CBS Monday sitcoms always did much better in the past in the summer. I really wonder if these bad summer ratings are an omen for not so good Monday ratings in the fall for these sitcoms. With 2 1/2 Men leaving Monday things could really be tough for the remaining Monday sitcoms.

  • Tony

    @hubertwentland5 ?? Is there a 2 broke girls/the big ban theory crossover in the works?

  • Ultima

    FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49 while ABC won the night among total viewers.

    According to the tables, FOX won the night in viewers as well.

    Also, Remodeled was a repeat and you’re missing the Grimm repeat (NBC 10p).

  • bob

    Every CBS show beat the Glass House….lol. I enjoyed watching the Kitchen shows last night….Although the person who went home on Master Chief was WRONG…it should have been the girl who screwed up on the sweet patatoes.

  • bob

    Interesting that Point of Interest is on after NCIS LA…I wonder if Vegas bombs they will move POI there. I always thought POI was more like the NCIS’.

  • Ultima

    @John A
    [Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef] started summer just scraping 2.0

    Hell’s Kitchen’s Monday low this season is a 2.4 and MasterChef’s a 2.2; I wouldn’t classify that as “just scraping 2.0.” Maybe you’re thinking of their Tuesday airings, which average ~2.1 (and are unlikely to change, going head-to-head with AGT).

  • SJ


    From November until the end of the season, HIMYM, Men and Broke Girls basically had the same ratings. I’m sure the remaining two can hold the night together.

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