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NBC’s ‘Ninja Warrior’ Tops Demo Monday; ‘Mistresses’ Matches Last Year’s Bow

NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” continued its hot start to summer by ruling as the top program among young adults on Monday, a night that saw ABC’s “Mistresses” return on par with last year’s series premiere. Meanwhile, Fox’s “24” and “MasterChef” joined ABC’s “The Bachelorette” in rising above their holiday levels of last week, and CW had one of its most-watched summer nights in a few years.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “American Ninja Warrior” averaged a 1.9 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 5.3 million viewers overall from 9 to 11 p.m., rising 19% from its premiere of last week and winning its two-hour block. This matches the top “Ninja Warrior” rating since the show’s first-season NBC finale in July 2012.

Opening the night, NBC did decently with a repeat of “Last Comic Standing” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall).

At Fox, “MasterChef” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) and “24: Live Another Day” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) grew 21% and 20% respectively from their Memorial Day scores of the previous week. The shows were neck and neck with ABC’s “The Bachelorette” in 18-49 while winning outright in male demos, and “24” stood as Monday’s No. 1 program in adults 25-54 (2.3/6).

It seemed to be the youngest of adults driving the Fox gains, as the cooking competition surged 33% week-to-week in adults 18-34 (1.2 vs. 0.9), and the drama rose by 20% (1.2 vs. 1.0).

ABC’s “The Bachelorette” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) was up 6% from last week and rated 21% higher than its special Sunday episode of the previous night (1.4), dominating in female demos and standing as the night’s top program in total viewers.

At 10 p.m., “Mistresses” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) matched its premiere score of last year (which also had a 1.7 lead-in from “Bachelorette”) and was up a tick over its early-September finale of last year (1.1).

CBS aired repeats of comedies “2 Broke Girls” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall), “Mom” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), “Mike & Molly” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall). Closing the night was the first of four special original Monday episodes of newsmag “48 Hours” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall); it led its hour in total viewers.

CW opened with the time-period premiere of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall), followed by a repeat of the show at 8:30 (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall); they combined to draw the largest audience in the time period since May 2011. The improv comedy was followed by an original episode of “Beauty and the Beast” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall), which drew the show’s largest audience since its year-ago season finale.

Overall, CW had its most-watched Monday since May 2012, and its best Monday in the summer since at least 2011.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 1.8/6; NBC, 1.7/5; ABC, 1.5/5; CBS, 1.1/4; Univision, 1.1/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 5.8 million; Fox, 5.7 million; CBS, 5.5 million; NBC, 4.9 million; Univision, 2.6 million; Telemundo, 1.5 million; CW, 1.4 million.

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