Fox handily wins Monday night

'Hell' proves well with net as competish barely makes ripple

Fox’s devilish-themed Monday night slate was good enough to defeat all other broadcasters, with room to spare.

“Hell’s Kitchen,” in fact, was the top show with a 3.0 rating/8 share in the 18-49 demo and 6.9 million viewers overall, according to early estimates from Nielsen. An hour earlier, “Hotel Hell” was No. 2 at 2.3/7, 5.9m. Both series were up from a week ago.

A rerun-fueled schedule from CBS was better than originals from either ABC or NBC. In its two-hour sitcom block, “2 Broke Girls” fared best at 9 p.m. with a 2.1/5, 6.5m, closely followed by its lead-in, “The Big Bang Theory” (2.0/6, 6.4m).

NBC saw drop-offs for its two reality skeins as well as its fantasy drama. A repeat of “America’s Got Talent” fell to 0.9/3, 4.1m, while “Stars Earn Stripes” tumbled to 0.9/2, 2.9m. “Stripes” was soundly defeated by all broadcasters, except CW, in the 9 p.m. hour. At 10 p.m. a new episode of “Grimm” registered a 1.6/4, 4.7m.

ABC offered a two-hour version of “Bachelor Pad” (1.3/4, 4.3m), which was even in the demo from a week ago but up in total viewers.

In a time period premiere, the CW’s well-reviewed but little seen “The L.A. Complex” scored a 0.3/1, 731,000. That was followed by a rerun of “America’s Next Top Model” (0.3/1, 791,000).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.6/7; CBS, 1.6/4; Univision, 1.5/4; NBC, 1.2/3; ABC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: Fox, 6.4 million; CBS, 5.7 million; NBC, 3.9 million; ABC, 3.9 million; Univision, 3.6 million; CW, 761,000.