Fox wins night behind culinary duo

NBC draws most among b'casters for DNC coverage

Fox, the only network of the Big Four that did not cover the Democratic National Convention, won the Tuesday night ratings race behind a pair of culinary series.

At 9 p.m., the first of the two-part finale of “MasterChef” drew an evening-best 2.7 rating/7 share in the 18-49 demo and 6.4 million viewers, according to early estimates from Nielsen.

Fox’s one-two punch began an hour earlier with “Hell’s Kitchen” (2.5/8, 6m). “MasterChef” was a tad below last week’s numbers and “Hell’s Kitchen” was coming off a repeat telecast.

NBC saw a slight improvement from a week ago with a two-hour “America’s Got Talent” (2.3/6, 8.5m) and handily beat competitors in the 8-10 p.m. timeslot from all networks except Fox.

ABC, CBS and CW offered repeats up until 10 o’clock. The Eye’s programming proved best, with “NCIS” (1.2/4, 7.8m) drawing the second-most viewers for any show of the night after “America’s Got Talent.” Spinoff “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.0/3, 6.1m) was just slightly below it’s lead-in in the demo.

Best of the four Alphabet sitcoms was “The Middle” (0.9/3, 3.7m) at 8 p.m., followed by “Last Man Standing,” “Happy Endings” and “Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23.”

In a battle for viewers who tuned in to the DNC at 10 p.m., which featured a speech from first lady Michelle Obama, NBC fared best (1.3/4, 5.3m) among the broadcasters. Ratings for cable news coverage of the event from Charlotte, N.C., will come out later today.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.6/7; NBC, 1.9/5; Univision, 1.4/4; CBS, 0.9/3; ABC, 0.7/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 7.5 million; Fox, 5.7 million; CBS, 5.7 million; Univision, 3.6 million; ABC, 2.6 million; CW, 819,000.