Maybe President Obama should hire Gordon Ramsay to help him deal with Congress.
Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" was the top-rated show on a Monday night skewed by Obama's press conference, according to preliminary numbers. ABC was the highest-rated network, followed closely by Fox.
The Gordon Ramsay reality series, on Fox at 8 p.m., drew a 2.5 rating/8 share in the adults 18-49 demographic — flat with the previous week's airing, but enough to win the evening — and 5.7 million total viewers. (All numbers are approximate, due to the press conference.) The press conference followed at 9, garnering a 1.9/5 in the demo and 4.3 million total viewers. A repeat of "MasterChef" followed at 9:35.
On ABC, Obama's press conference at 9 garnered a 2.4/7 in the demo and 8.4 million total viewers, and "The Bachelorette" from 9:30 to 10:30 had a 2.4/6 in the demo and 7.8 million total viewers. "The Bachelorette" also kicked off the network's primetime slate at 8, garnering a 2.3/7 in the demo and 7.8 million total viewers. "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" closed the night at 10:30, drawing a 1.8/5 in the demo and 5.5 million total viewers.
NBC's night consisted of repeats, with the exception of the press conference at 9, which took a 1.3/4 in the demo and 5.1 million total viewers. CBS also ran reruns throughout the night save for the press conference, which took a 1.2/3 in the demo and 4.9 million total viewers.