It was a night of beginnings and endings on Fox on Wednesday. First off, The X Factor (2.1/7) was back for a third season at 8 PM. With an “everything’s good brother” and “that’s the easiest ‘Yes’ I’ve ever given in my life” from Simon Cowell, the show saw returning judge Demi Lovato, new additions Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland and a first round of auditions in LA. Hitting a series low and beaten by CBS’ Big Brother (2.2/7) in the time slot, X Factor’s first one-hour premiere also saw the show down 22% in fast nationals from the comparable hour from last year’s September 12, 2012 premiere. The previous low was a 2.3 on November 8, 2012. In comparing premiere to premiere, the 8-9 PM hour of last year’s two-hour debut drew a 2.7/9 in fast nationals, which went up to a 2.9/9 in the final numbers. (Overall, the 8-10 PM start of the second cycle got a 3.3/10 in fast nationals and went up to a 3.4/10 in the finals.) Also, unlike last year, when X Factor matched up against the third episode of Season 3 of The Voice in the 8 PM slot, Season 3 of the Fox show had the much weaker The Million Second Quiz as its competition on NBC. X Factor was down 17% in viewers to 6.2 million from a year ago. Still with a 2.2/7 rating, Fox was No. 1 for the night in adults 18-49 and in viewers with 6.177 million.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘X Factor’ Hits Series Low With Season 3 Debut, ‘MasterChef’ Finale Dips, ‘Million Second Quiz’ Falls
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ Hits Season Low But Fox Wins Night, ‘America’s Got Talent’ & ‘Big Brother’ Rise, ‘The Lookout’ Finale Up Big
Things got very hot in the kitchen last night on MasterChef (2.0/6) as the last four contestants were sliced to the final two. Not sure if it was “The most. Explosive. Episode in history” as Gordon Ramsay’s voice-over promised, but for wannabe winners Luca Manfe and Natasha Crnjac it must have been a nail-biter as they head toward next week’s Season 4 finale. The two-hour MasterChef dropped 13 from its August 28 show, a season low for the fourth cycle’s two-hour block. Even so, Fox took the top spot in adults 18-49 on Wednesday with a 2.0/6 rating. That marks the 13th of the past 16 Wednesdays that Fox has won the demo with MasterChef this summer. On the viewership side, NBC was No. 1 with 6.519 million watching. NBC came in second in the key demo with a 1.6/5 rating, while CBS took No. 2 among viewers with 5.681 million.
RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Wins Night With ‘MasterChef’, ‘Big Brother’ Dips, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Up Slightly
Last night’s double shot of Fox’s MasterChef saw judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot bring their kids on-air as well as a long-ago filmed cameo by the disgraced Paula Deen rear its head. Even with last week, the 9 PM MasterChef (2.4/7) was again the top show of the night in adults 18-49. As things heated up with the final four heading toward the September 11 season finale, the show was also up 13% in viewers to 6.3 million. Back after a month and a half, the 8 PM MasterChef (2.0/7) slipped 9% from its previous original July 10 but stayed about even with its last viewership numbers with 5.3 million watching. Pulling in a 2.2/7, the two-hour MasterChef block was down 4% overall from its last airing July 10, which scored a 2.3/7. However, with that 2.2/7, Fox won the night in the key demo while NBC was tops in viewers with an audience of 6.402 million. NBC finished a far second in adults 18-49 with a 1.5/5 while Fox was No. 2 in viewers with 5.820 million.
Fox’s MasterChef again took Wednesday night in the 18-49 and 18-34 demos among English-language broadcasters. Fox has ranked tops in 18-49 on 11 of the past 13 Wednesdays, since MasterChef debuted. But NBC won Wednesday in total viewers with America’s Got Talent. Versus same night last year, Talent originals are up 7% in total viewers — 9.2 million compared to 8.6 million last year — but down a tick in the demo year to year, which is typical of an aging competition series.
RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Wins Night With ‘America’s Got Talent,’ ‘Big Brother’ Even, ‘Camp’ Up, ‘MasterChef’ Dips
After the usual recap show (1.5/5) at 8 PM, Wednesday’s live America’s Got Talent (2.5/7) got down to the business of elimination at 9 PM as another round of 12 were cut down to four. With a performance by Jason Derulo and a very bright suit worn by host Nick Cannon, the American Spouses Choir, singer Jonathan Allen, dancer/martial artist Kenichi Ebina and dance troupe Chicago Boyz all made the cut and moved on to this season’s semifinals. AGT itself made the cut too with a 4% rise from its season low July 31 show. As is typical with live shows like last night’s AGT was on the East Coast, expect an adjustment later in the final numbers. The highest-rated and most watched show of the night with 10.03 million viewers, Wednesday’s AGT was up a solid 25% from the comparable results show from last year on July 18, 2012. AGT’s lead-out Camp (1.2/4) also saw a rise. The Australian dramedy was up 9% among adults 18-49 for a three-week high of its own. NBC won the night among adults 18-49 with a 1.7/5 and in total viewers with 6.790 million watching. Fox was No. 2 in the demo on Wednesday with a 1.6/5 while CBS was second in viewers with an audience of 5.628 million.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Hits Low, ‘MasterChef’ Dips, ‘Big Brother’ Down, ‘Camp’ Rises
With Hell’s Kitchen having wrapped up its latest season last week, Fox is down to only one Gordon Ramsay show on the air right now. Not that things have simmered much on MasterChef (2.2/7) with Ramsay and fellow judges Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich, with last night’s show slipping a mere 4% from its July 24 airing. The second-highest-rated show of Wednesday’s primetime among adults 18-49, the 9 PM one-hour MasterChef saw former NFL player Eddie Johnson eliminated as the fourth season of the cooking competition trimmed to six remaining contestants. MasterChef will conclude its Season 4 with a winner September 11.
It was results night on America’s Got Talent (2.3/7) again and eight acts saw their dreams of that $1 million prize and Vegas show come to an end. Following a performance recap show, last night’s live AGT saw Robin Thicke and Brad Paisley take the stage at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall and four contestants move on to the semifinals. Even with last week’s fast nationals results, last night’s AGT dipped 4% from the final numbers of its July 23 show to hit a season low. Having said that, last night’s second results show was the night’s highest-rated and most-watched show. It was also up 15% from the comparable episode last year on July 11, 2012. As is common with live shows, expect to see an adjustment in the final numbers later today. AGT was followed by a new Camp (1.2/4). The freshman Australian dramedy was dramatically up double digits from last week’s show with a 20% rise in 18-49. NBC won the night in the demo with a 1.7/5 and in total viewers with 6.909 million.
After hitting a high note with its first live show Tuesday, NBC’s America’s Got Talent hit a low one with its first live result show last night — as in a season low. The 9-10 PM telecast …
RATINGS RAT RACE: ESPYS Up, ‘MasterChef’ Slips, ‘Big Brother’ Rises Slightly, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Even
On the eve of the Emmy nominations and with the ESPYS over on ESPN, it was relatively quiet on the Big 4 on Wednesday. On ESPN, the Jon Hamm-hosted sports award show was up 19% over last year with a 1.9 overnight rating. With a repeat of the Gordon Ramsay-led reality show kicking off Fox’s night, a one-hour MasterChef (2.1/7) at 9 PM was the network’s sole offering last night. A Mystery Box Challenge win by former NFL player Eddie Jackson shook things up as the show slimmed things down to eight remaining contestants. Tied with Big Brother for being second highest rated show of the night, MasterChef dipped 9% on Wednesday from its July 10 show but stayed steady in viewership with 5.55 million watching.
CBS’s only original of the night was Big Brother (2.1/8). The reality series was also up a 5% notch from last week among adults 18-49 and saw a 6% rise is viewers to 6.31 million. ABC was all encores except for a new Nightline: The Lookout (0.8/2) that was up a tenth form the low it hit last week.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ Down, ‘Big Brother’ Up, ‘Camp’ Debuts Soft, ‘American Baking Competition’ Finale Even
Having taken a week off for the 4th of July holiday, MasterChef (2.1/7) came back with its kitchen knives sharpened last night. There was a Mexican Freshness Challenge and a guest judge appearance by Eva …
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Ties Season Premiere Low, Fox Wins Night, ‘How To Live With Your Parents’ Finale Hits Low
Back with a bigger cast, colorful challenges, new voting twists, that $500,00 grand prize and for a longer season, Big Brother (2.1/7) returned last night for its 15th cycle. The CBS reality show took a hit right out of the gate. Watched by 6.1 million viewers, the veteran Julie Chen-hosted series was down 19% adults 18-49 from its July 12, 2012 season debut. That ties the series’ lowest season premiere ever (the July 13, 2008 season bow also pulled a 2.1/7). The Season 14 premiere had dipped 7% from the previous cycle’s bow but pulled in a four-year premiere viewership high with 7.09 million viewers. The viewership for last night’s debut was the lowest since 2008.
The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 last night in triple overtime in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, but it was NBC who really scored. Going from 8 PM-1:06 AM ET, the game drew …
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ Wins Night For Fox, ‘American Baking Competition’ Even, ‘Dateline’ Ties Low
RATINGS RAT RACE: Oklahoma Relief Concert Tops Night In Viewership, ‘American Baking Competition’ Debuts Low, ‘Masterchef’ Wins Demo, ‘Dateline’ Up
Pulled together in just over a week, Wednesday night saw NBC broadcasting the Healing In The Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert (1.9/6) for victims of the tornado that hit Oklahoma. Headlined by Voice judge and Oklahoma native Blake Shelton, the one hour live show for the United Way at Oklahoma City’s 14,000-capacity Chesapeake Energy Arena saw performances not just from Shelton and fellow The Voice judge Usher but also Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. Jimmy Fallon, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Alicia Keys appeared via video. Running from 9 PM to 10 PM, Healing In The Heartland was watched by 8.6 million viewers on NBC last night. That made it the most watched show of the night and the most watched show in the time slot since November 7, 2012. The special concert, which played where a Law & Order: SVU encore had been previously scheduled, also aired on Style, CMT, G4, Bravo, E! and Palladia either live or delayed. Before the concert, NBC aired a new Dateline (1.6/5). Up 14% over last week’s show, the news magazine hit a Wednesday season high last night. Fox was No. 1 among Adults 18-49 while NBC won the night in terms of total viewers.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Modern Family’, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ & ‘Criminal Minds’ Hit Finale Lows, ‘Masterchef’ Down In Season Debut
The final night of the 2012-2013 TV season saw six finales and one season debut. On ABC, Wednesday marked the Season 4 finale of Modern Family (3.6/11) at 9 PM. In a season that saw the comedy post its first adults 18-49 win over American Idol, last night’s episode dipped 3% from its May 14 show. While the highest-rated show of the night by far, Family also fell 12% from its Season 3 end on May 23, 2012 to hit an all-time season-finale low. That result could change a bit in the final numbers as the extra minute of Family is factored in. Last week, the show went up from its 3.5 in fast affiliate rating to a 3.6 later in the day. The Season 4 finale of The Middle (2.0/7) started ABC’s primetime last night, with the sitcom was up a slight 5% from last week and even with last year’s May 23, 2012 finale. A Modern Family (1.6/5) encore followed at 8:30 PM. How To Live With You Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life) (2.2/6) was the only non-finale original on ABC last night. The newbie comedy was up 10% from its May 14 show. Nashville (1.9/5) wrapped its freshman cycle with cliffhangers-galore show that saw a 12% rise from last week.
A two-hour Criminal Minds (2.7/8) finale was the only original on CBS last night. Literally ending with a bang, the Season 8 ender of the recently renewed procedural series was up 4% from its May 14 episode but down a hard 25% from last season’s two-hour finale on May 16, 2012. Though the most watched show of the night with 10.80 million viewers, that’s a finale low for the series. With 8.982 million watching, CBS won the night in total viewers and tied with ABC (2.2) in adults 18-49.
Gordon Ramsay‘s worldwide restaurant empire is in shambles with splashy eateries closing left and right or sitting empty. But Fox continues to prop up his image by signing a new multiyear deal with the bad-tempered, foul-mouthed chef and ordering a new Masterchef spinoff for the 2013-2014 season as well as additional season orders for Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef. This now brings to five the number of stale Ramsay shows which Fox will air, demonstrating how unscripted TV czar Mike Darnell is utterly devoid of new ideas and new faces:
FOX has picked up JUNIOR MASTERCHEF, a new culinary competition series for talented kids between the ages of eight and 13 who love to cook, as part of a new multi-year deal with award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, it was announced today by Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
As part of Ramsay’s new deal, FOX also has picked up one additional season of HELL’S KITCHEN and two more seasons of MASTERCHEF. The deal will extend HELL’S KITCHEN to a 13th season and bring MASTERCHEF to a fifth and sixth season. The addition of JUNIOR MASTERCHEF brings the total number of Ramsay-led shows airing on FOX to five, including MASTERCHEF, HELL’S KITCHEN, HOTEL HELL and KITCHEN NIGHTMARES.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bachelor Pad’ Premiere Down Big, ‘Glass House’ Hits Low, ‘Ninja Warrior’ Finale Up
Monday was a night of beginnings and endings. With hot tubs and cold intrigue for a $250,000 prize, ABC had the two-hour Season 3 premiere of Bachelor Pad (1.4/4) at 8 PM. That was down 36% from the 2011 Season 2 premiere on August 8 and a series low. ABC followed at 10 PM with a new episode of the legally challenged The Glass House (0.8/2). The sixth week of the reality show tied again for a season low. NBC aired the two-hour Season 4 finale of American Ninja Warrior (2.0/5), up 11% from last week. On Fox, it was Gordon Ramsay’s night again with Hell’s Kitchen (2.6/8) and MasterChef (2.7/7). Kitchen was down to the final eight contestants and even with last week. On MasterChef, it was Part 1 of the top six cooking contestants competing, with the show rising 4% from last week. Fox won the night among adults 18-49 and total viewers.
Fox has ordered a fourth season of Gordon Ramsay’s culinary competition series MasterChef. “Gordon and the producers really took MasterChef to a whole new level this year,” Fox’s head of alternative Mike Darnell said. “The talent is …