NBC's revamped "America's Got Talent" was Monday's top-rated show, but Fox won the night overall with the season premieres of the Gordon Ramsay offerings "Hell's Kitchen" and "MasterChef," according to preliminary numbers.
Fox took first place in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic with a 2.3 rating/7 share and fourth in total viewers with 5.3 million. The "Hell's Kitchen" premiere at 8 was down slightly from last summer's premiere, posting a 2.4/7, and drew 5.4 million total viewers. The "MasterChef" premiere the following hour improved over last summer's premiere, climbing 28 percent in the demo for a 2.3/6 and pulling in 5.2 million total viewers.
NBC came in second in ratings and first in total viewers with an average 2.1/6 and 7.3 million. "America's Got Talent" at 8 climbed 14 percent in the demo to become the night's top-rated program with a 3.2/10, and was also the night's most-watched show with 12 million total viewers. "American Ninja Warrior" the following hour inched up in the demo to take a 2.2/6 and attracted 6.7 million total viewers. A "Grimm" repeat followed.
ABC drew third place in ratings and second in total viewers with an average 1.7/5 and 6.2 million. "The Bachelorette" at 8 grew 11 percent in the demo for a 2.1/6, and had the second-highest total viewership of the night with 6.7 million. A "Castle" repeat aired at 10.
CBS, which ran repeats throughout the night, came in fourth in ratings and third in total viewers with an average 1.3/4 and 5.4 million.