June 27, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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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.

In case you missed it, check out the premiere of this summer’s PROMO WATCH to see which new fall series are getting the most love and support of their networks.

About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.