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Tasty finish for Fox’s ‘Chef’

NBC solid with 'Talent,' ABC third as 'Money' declines

Fox’s finale of ”MasterChef” and NBC’s ”America’s Got Talent” were the standout performers Tuesday, with strong showings in the 9 o’clock hour for both contributing to lower scores for ABC’s competing ”Take the Money and Run.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the two-hour finale night of ”MasterChef” averaged a 2.6 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers overall, peaking in its final half-hour, where its 2.9 demo rating led its timeslot. ”Chef” was up an impressive 30% from its finale night of last year, which aired in mid-September. Fox won the night in most key demos, including 18-49.

At NBC, ”It’s Worth What” continues to get Tuesday off to a slow start for the net (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall), though it rebounded as usual with ”America’s Got Talent” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall). ”Talent” was on the low end of its range, placing second to ”Chef” in 18-49 for the 9 o’clock hour before sweeping all categories from 10 to 11. The Peacock won the night in total viewers, for its 12th consecutive Tuesday triumph by that measure.

ABC took a step back this week with its reality combo of ”Wipeout” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) and ”Take the Money and Run” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), with the latter declining about 20% after two solid initial outings. Closing out the night was original drama ”Combat Hospital” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall).

CBS was competitive in total viewers despite lagging in demos with its regular repeats of ”NCIS” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) and ”NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) and a special Tuesday encore of ”Hawaii Five-0” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall). ”Five-0,” taking advantage of a more compatible lead-in, was up slightly from its Monday repeat.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.6/8; NBC, 2.2/6; Univision, 1.4/4; ABC, 1.3/4; CBS, 1.2/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 8.1 million; CBS, 7.4 million; Fox, 6.5 million; ABC, 4.2 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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