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.