'Master' builds on 'Kitchen'; NBC's 'Talent' down

The Gordon Ramsay-concocted combo of ”Hell’s Kitchen” and ”MasterChef” combined for Fox’s best regular Tuesday of the summer. And while Fox was up a bit vs. the same night a year ago, rival nets were all down.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, Fox’s ”Hell’s Kitchen” (2.4 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) and ”MasterChef” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall) each finished a close second to NBC’s ”America’s Got Talent” in 18-49 while winning among the younger 18-34 half of the demo. ”Kitchen” was down a tick vs. the comparable night a year ago, while ”MasterChef” grew by 12% and helped Fox show slight gains for the night, which it led in key demos.

NBC’s ”Talent,” meanwhile, continues to lose steam as the summer progresses (2.6/8 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall). It was down a bit from last week despite facing the tough Major League Baseball All-Star Game a week ago, and was off more than 25% from the same night last year when it aired from 9 to 11. Closing out the night was ”Love in the Wild” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall), which was up a tick week to week.

At ABC, ”Wipeout” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) matched its week-ago delivery and was down 18% year to year. New improv show ”Trust Us With Your Life” followed with weak numbers (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall at 9 and 0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall), tumbling 40% from last year’s ”101 Ways to Leave a Game Show.” The net’s savior was 10 p.m. newcomer ”NY Med” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), which built on its lead-in and performed considerably better than last year’s ”Combat Hospital” in the timeslot.

Even CBS, with its usually reliable crime repeats, was down noticeably year to year. ”NCIS” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), ”NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) and a special ”Person of Interest” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) all hit summer timeslot lows and the night was off nearly 30% from last year’s repeat crime shows.

CW’s season premiere of ”The L.A. Complex” didn’t do much (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall), dropping off slightly from its repeat ”Hart of Dixie” lead-in (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.5/8; NBC, 2.2/6; Univision, 1.5/5; ABC, 1.2/3; CBS, 1.0/3; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 8.2 million; CBS, 6.2 million; Fox, 6.1 million; ABC, 4.0 million; Univision, 3.9 million; CW, 0.8 million.

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