9:20am PT by Philiana Ng
TV Ratings: 'Bachelor Pad' Finale, 'Hell's Kitchen' on Top
It looks like ABC's Bachelor Pad finale and Fox's Hell's Kitchen were the top primetime programs Monday night.
According to preliminary numbers (inflated due to local NFL pre-emptions on ABC), the three-hour Bachelor Pad block powered ABC for the nightly win in both total viewers and the ad-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. The first hour, The Final Challenge, averaged 7.4 million and a 2.2 rating, while the final two hours drew 6.9 million and a 2.3.
Still, Fox's Hell's Kitchen (5.7 million, 2.4) put up a fight, even though the Gordon Ramsay reality series was down 11 percent. On its first night against Monday Night Football on ESPN, Fox ranked No. 2 for the night in the adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 demos, with Hell's Kitchen as the night's top-rated program in both categories.
NBC's telecast of the 61st Miss Universe Pageant (4.6 million, 1.6) was down 16 percent compared to last year's effort, making it the lowest-rated ever.
As the CW prepares to launch its anticipated thriller Ringer with Sarah Michelle Gellar on Tuesday, the network aired a Lady Gaga special, Gaga By Gaultier, that drew 1.4 million in its 8 p.m. time slot -- its most-watched hour since the Supernatural season finale in May. A fall preview (968K, 0.4) of its programming followed.