Fox's cooking shows solid, as 'Masterchef' gains viewers

NBC’s ”America’s Got Talent” towered over all other programs in the ratings Tuesday night, while Fox’s cooking combo of ”Hell’s Kitchen” and ”Masterchef” also did pretty well.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC opened its winning night with more U.S. Olympic swimming trials (1.0/7 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall), placing second for the hour in most categories. The net then moved to the forefront at 9 p.m. with ”America’s Got Talent” (3.2/9 in 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall), which grew from its season low of two weeks ago (it aired a repeat last week) to easily stand as Tuesday’s No. 1 program in all key categories as well as total viewers. And closing out the night for the Peacock was dating show ”Love in the Wild” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), which was up

NBC won the night in 18-49 (tied with Fox), 25-54 and total viewers. Univision ran third in 18-49.

At Fox, ”Hell’s Kitchen” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) led in demos at 8 p.m., on par with last week, and ”MasterChef” edged up (2.2/6 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) after opposing the NBA Finals a week ago. ”Masterchef,” which hit a summer high in total viewers, has now gained by that measure three straight weeks.

CBS aired encores of ”NCIS” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall), ”NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) and ”48 Hours Mystery” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall), while ABC didn’t do much with repeats of ”Last Man Standing” at both 8 (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) and 8:30 (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall), followed by a two-hour rebroadcast of ”Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall).

Univision was led by ”La Que No Podia Amar” (The One Who Couldn’t Love), which averaged a 1.5/4 in 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers overall in the 10 o’clock hour. And CW continued to struggle with original series ”The Catalina” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.6 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC and Fox, 2.2/7; Univision, 1.3/4; CBS, 1.1/3; ABC, 0.7/2; CW, 0.2/0.

In total viewers: NBC, 7.8 million; CBS, 6.7 million; Fox, 5.3 million; Univision, 3.4 million; ABC, 2.6 million; CW, 0.4 million.

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