Net wins night in demos; ABC's 'Pad' solid

Fox kept the heat on its rivals Monday, winning in demos behind a rising ”Hell’s Kitchen,” the night’s top-rated program. ABC hung in there with ”Bachelor Pad,” which was also on the rise.

According to affiliate-based, preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, Fox’s ”Hell’s Kitchen” averaged a 2.8 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers overall , up 7% week to week to win the 9 o’clock hour in the 18-49 demo. Kicking off the night, a repeat ”Kitchen” was competitive with a 1.6/5 in 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers overall.

At ABC, ”Bachelor Pad” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) edged up week to week and was the evening’s most-watched broadcast program; the show may have been boosted by a live announcement of the upcoming season’s ”Dancing With the Stars” cast in its final half-hour. Also for the Alphabet, a repeat ”Castle” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) closed things out.

CBS saw all of its repeat comedies edge up: ”How I Met Your Mother” at 8 (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) and 8:30 (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), ”Two and a Half Men” at 9 (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and ”Mike and Molly” at 9:30 (1.3/3 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall). And closing out the night was a repeat of ”Hawaii Five-0” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall).

NBC aired a two-hour ”America’s Got Talent” repeat (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) followed by a special ”Dateline” interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall). Ratings for both programs are expected to come down in the nationals due to a primetime preemption in New York for the NFL preseason game between the Giants and Jets.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.2/6; ABC, 1.6/4; Univision, 1.5/4; CBS and NBC, 1.3/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 5.6 million; NBC, 5.3 million; Fox, 5.0 million; CBS, 4.9 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 0.7 million.

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