NBC's 'Talent' tops night; Fox cooking shows solid

One night after the networks settled for some pretty ugly ratings opposite big offerings on cable, audiences flocked back to the Big Four for veteran reality series Monday, including NBC’s top-rated ”America’s Got Talent” and Fox’s cooking combo of ”Hell’s Kitchen” and ”MasterChef,” which looked pretty good in their returns.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”America’s Got Talent” averaged a 3.2 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.1 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour, rising 14% from its Memorial Day showing of last week and standing as Monday’s top-rated series in most categories. It was followed by ”American Ninja Warrior” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall), which was up a bit from last week and continues to perform fairly well, and a repeat of ”Grimm” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall).

Fox, which ran second to NBC in 18-49 head-to-head but was the broadcast leader for the night, kicked off its night with the season premiere of ”Hell’s Kitchen” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall), which came within a tick of its year-ago launch despite the tough ”Talent” competition. And at 9, the season premiere of ”MasterChef” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) edged out the reality shows on ABC and NBC to win in 18-49 , coming in 28% above last year’s premiere, which was in the night’s 8 o’clock hour.

ABC’s ”The Bachelorette” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) was up from its Memorial Day performance as well, coming in third among the Big Four in 18-49 while standing as the night’s No. 1 show in women 18-34 (2.8/8). A repeat ”Castle” closed out the night (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall).

CBS aired repeats of its regular Monday lineup: ”How I Met Your Mother” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), ”2 Broke Girls” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), ”Two and a Half Men” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall), ”Mike and Molly” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) and ”Hawaii Five-0” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall).

Airing opposite repeat dramas on the Big Three, Univision’s original novella ”La Que No Podia Amar” (The One Who Couldn’t Love) was the top-rated broadcast series in 18-49 (1.4/4, 3.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.3/7; NBC, 2.1/6; ABC, 1.7/5; CBS, 1.3/4; Univision, 1.2/3; CW, 0.1/0.

In total viewers: NBC, 7.3 million; ABC, 6.2 million; CBS, 5.4 million; Fox, 5.3 million; Univision, 3.1 million; CW, 0.4 million.

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