Monday Ratings for July 18: 'Hell's Kitchen' Returns to Big Numbers
Matt Click
Matt Click
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Last night, Gordon Ramsay returned to TV (er, for the second time this summer) with an all-new season of Hell's Kitchen. The kitchen competition is nothing if not consistent for FOX, and it premiered with a hefty 2.5 Nielsen rating for adults 18-49. Ramsay's other show on FOX, MasterChef, was steady versus last week. Elsewhere, The Bachelorette was hitting a season low, and Extreme Makeover: Weight-Loss Edition was inching up.

Let's take a look at the numbers.

FOX won the night with adults 18-49, but lost in pure viewership to ABC. Still, Hell's Kitchen premiered to a viewership of 5.76 million. And MasterChef was consistent, with a rating of 2.3 for adults 18-49 and a total viewership of 5.55 million. With the one-two punch of Gordon Ramsay's two programs, FOX had its best summer Monday evening since 2008.

ABC's The Bachelorette was taken down a peg by Hell's Kitchen. It was down 15% to a season low, with an 18-49 rating of 2.4 and a total viewership of 7.99 million. Last night saw Ashley select her final three. As The Bachelorette draws to a close, can it recover any of its numbers?

If you missed the episode, check out our Bachelorette recap from last night.

Conversely, Extreme Makeover: Weight-Loss Edition turned upwards. It was up a tenth, with 5.87 million viewers and a 18-49 rating of 2.0.

Source: Nielsen

(Image courtesy of FOX)