Ratings droop on holiday; NBC's 'Stars' wraps softly

The broadcasters labored to attract viewers on Monday, as the holiday night was won among young adults by the season finale of Fox’s ”Hotel Hell.” It was a quiet finish, meanwhile, for NBC’s ”Stars Earn Stripes.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, Fox won Monday among young adults as ”Hotel Hell” averaged a 1.7 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., winning its time period in 18-49 but down rather sharply from the 2.4 demo score it earned last week when it was paired with ”Hell’s Kitchen.” The show, one of four fronted by Gordon Ramsay, has been picked up for a second season, and is expected to return to Fox next summer.

Elsewhere, CBS ran second among the broadcasters with its repeat comedies ”How I Met Your Mother” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), ”The Big Bang Theory” on a special night (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall), ”2 Broke Girls” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) and ”Mike and Molly” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall), followed by an encore ”Hawaii Five-0” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall). ”Big Bang” edged out ”Hotel Hell” as the night’s top broadcast show in 18-49 and was also the evening’s biggest draw among adults 25-54 (2.2/5) and total viewers.

ABC’s ”Bachelor Pad” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) was up a tick week to week, followed by a repeat ”Castle” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall). And NBC’s soft ”Stars Earn Stripes” finale (0.9/2 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) didn’t keep ”Grimm” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) from winning its hour among the Big Four, though it was down week to week.

Univision moved up to second on the night in 18-49, led by 9 p.m. telenovela ”Abismo de Pasion” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall). And at CW, ”The L.A. Complex” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall) held steady.

Next Monday figures to attract many more viewers as ESPN’s ”Monday Night Football” and NBC’s ”The Voice” return.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 1.7/5; Univision, 1.4/4; CBS, 1.3/3; ABC and NBC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 4.6 million; Fox, 4.4 million; ABC, 4.1 million; Univision, 3.5 million; NBC, 3.4 million; CW, 0.7 million.

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