Ratings: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Takes Top Honors on Night of Obama Press Conference

Gordon Ramsay’s culinary bullying beats out the president

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.