Two networks competed last night, FOX and NBC, each ending with a preliminary 2.2 Adult 18-49 rating in prime time.
FOX‘s Gordon Ramsay cooking combo of Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef each averaged a 2.2 rating. The Tuesday tracks for the reality pairing since June 5: Hell’s Kitchen (2.1– 2.2– 2.2– 2.2) and MasterChef (2.2– 2.1– 2.1– 2.2). It doesn’t get more consistent than that.
NBC was also all new. More U.S. Olympic Trials (swimming continued in Omaha with another Ryan Lochte victory over Michael Phelps) at 8 pm averaged a 1.9 rating (down an insignificant tenth of a rating point from Monday at 8′s telecast). America’s Got Talent grew to a 3.2 at 9 pm, the highest-rated broadcast network program on the night and up from the last original Tuesday episode on June 12 (a 3.0 against NBA Finals Game 1). The slightly improved lead-in helped Love in the Wild move back up to its premiere level, but the show is still struggling. Four-week Love track: 1.6– 1.5– 1.3– 1.6.
CBS stumbled into third place (only because ABC’s repeat schedule was more of a nightmare). Repeats of NCIS (1.1), NCIS Los Angeles (1.0) and 48 Hours Mystery (1.0) averaged a 1.0 from 8-11 pm, clearly the worst CBS Tuesday of the summer so far. The line-up had averaged a 1.2 the first three weeks of June and was a 1.4 the last week of May.
ABC averaged only a 0.7 from 8-11 pm. Two repeats of Last Man Standing each scored a 0.9 and a two-hour repeat Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition sunk to a 0.6.