Return of Fox's 'Hell's Kitchen' Tops

CBS' 'Golden Boy' steady, NBC's 'Smash' edges up; ABC's 'Taste' exits meekly

The combination of Daylight Saving Time, repeats and an already-less-than-scintillating roster of shows produced some anemic ratings at the Big Four on Tuesday, with Fox’s return of “Hell’s Kitchen” winning the night among young adults.

CBS ranked second in young adults and first in adults 25-54 and total viewers — even with both “NCIS” shows airing repeats.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the 11th-season premiere of “Hell’s Kitchen” averaged a 2.2 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., winning each half-hour in the demo but down a bit from its most recent premiere last June (on a Monday). In adults 18-34, its 1.7 rating/6 share matched the combined 8-10 p.m. deliveries of CBS and ABC.

Elsewhere, CBS fared well with encores of “NCIS” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 13.0  million viewers overall) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 11.9  million viewers overall), winning both at 8 and 9 p.m. in adults 25-54 and dominating in total viewers. No firstrun program on the competition drew more than 6.4 million on Tuesday. Closing out the night for CBS was newcomer “Golden Boy” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall), which matched its week-ago performance and again beat out the dramas on ABC and NBC in key demos.

At ABC, “Celebrity Wife Swap” edged up in its third and final airing in the 8 o’clock hour  (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.0  million viewers overall), but 9 p.m. cooking competition “The Taste” flamed out with its finale (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.4  million viewers overall). And at 10 p.m., “Body of Proof” was off a smidge from last week but figures to get a boost when the “Dancing With the Stars” results show starts airing in the 9 o’clock hour. Next Tuesday, celebrity diving series “Splash” kicks off Tuesdays for ABC.

NBC’s “Smash” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) remained third among the Big Three dramas at 10, but was the only one to edge up week to week. It certainly didn’t get much help, as the net had little circulation earlier in the evening with “Off Their Rockers” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall at 8 p.m. and 1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall at 8:30 p.m.) and repeat comedies “Go On” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall) and “The New Normal” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall).

CW aired repeats of “Hart of Dixie” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall) and “Beauty and the Beast” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.2/6; CBS, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.4/4; ABC, 1.3/4; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 11.2 million; Fox, 5.4 million; ABC, 4.9 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 0.8 million.

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