Low-rated premiere on night of low ratings
On the first night of the summer TV season, Fox won on the strength of "Hell's Kitchen" as NBC's "Save Me" didn't deliver, according to preliminary numbers.
Fox topped the night in the key 18-49 demographic with a 1.7 rating/6 share, and placed third in total viewers with 4.3 million. Airing at 8 p.m., "Hell's Kitchen" was the second highest-rated show of the night with a 2.1/7 and had 5.5 million total viewers. New gameshow "Does Someone Have to Go" premiered at 9 to a 1.3/4 and 3.1 million total viewers.
CBS came in second with a 1.4/4 and was first in total viewers with 6.6 million, even though it ran repeats. Notably, its "Big Bang Theory" repeat topped the night with a 2.2/8 and 8.8 million total viewers.
Univision took the No. 3 spot for the evening in ratings with a 1.3/4 and was fourth in total viewers with 3.4 million.
ABC was fourth in the demo with a 1.2/4, but placed second for total viewers with 5.3 million. At 8, "Wipeout" earned a 1.2/4, a 20 percent rise over last week's episode, and had 4.1 million total viewers. New series "Motive" and the returning "Rookie Blue" also had a 1.2/4. "Motive" had 5.9 million total viewers and "Rookie Blue" had 6 million. The 1.2 rating was a premiere low for "Rookie Blue."
NBC took the fifth spot for both the key demo and total viewers, earning a .8/3 and 2.6 million total viewers, respectively. At 8, "Save Me" averaged a .7/3 and 3.2 million total viewers. At 8:30, it had a .7/2 and 3 million total viewers. It was NBC's lowest-rated series premiere since "Saving Hope" last June. After an hour of repeats, "Hannibal" at 10 tied a series low with a 1.0/3. It had 2.7 million total viewers.