hells kitchen


The season premiere of Hell’s Kitchen returned with lots of confrontation, but just a 3.0  rating in the adults 18-49 demo down from last summer’s finale 4.2. That still was enough to lift Fox to the overall win for the night as second place NBC had nothing to back up America’s Got Talent’s big 9pm hour.

Robert’s got some additional thoughts on last night’s Hell’s Kitchen premiere here (spoilers!).

Comparisons with last week’s numbers have to be taken with a grain of salt since Fox had the MLB All-Star Game.

Viewers are still tuning out ABC’s The Superstars, as it fell to a 1.0 demo from a 1.2 last week. Better Off Ted was down as well to a 0.7 demo rating from a 1.0. If ABC’s objective was to expand the show’s reach during the summer it’s not working very well because nobody’s watching it. Could it even be working against the show’s future?

Big Brother was down 0.2 demo ratings points from last week. The finale of Primetime: Family Secrets was down 0.3 ratings points from a week ago. A repeat of Medium came to CBS for the first time, likely to just get CBS viewers used to the concept, and few watched it at just a 1.0 demo rating.

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Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX Hell’s Kitchen (premiere) 2.8 9 2.3 8 5.980
NBC America’s Got Talent (repeat) 2.1 7 1.6 6 8.158
CBS NCIS (repeat) 1.8 6 1.1 4 9.412
ABC The Superstars 1.0 3 0.8 3 3.256
CW 90210 (repeat) 0.4 1 0.4 1 1.056
9:00 NBC America’s Got Talent 3.4 10 2.6 8 13.638
FOX Hell’s Kitchen (premiere) 3.3 9 2.8 9 6.966
CBS Big Brother 11 2.0 6 1.5 5 5.792
ABC Better Off Ted 0.7 2 0.6 2 1.867
CW Hitched or Ditched (repeat) 0.4 1 0.4 1 1.048
9:30 ABC Scrubs (repeat) 0.7 2 0.6 2 1.740
10:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU (repeat) 2.0 6 1.5 5 7.568
ABC Primetime: Family Secrets (finale) 1.5 5 1.0 3 4.730
CBS Medium (repeat) 1.0 3 0.6 2 4.027

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