TV Ratings: 'MasterChef' Finale Improves Double Digits

NBC's "America's Got Talent" dips 10 percent; ABC's "Take the Money and Run" hits series low.
Greg Gayne/Fox

Great news for Fox: Last night's two-hour MasterChef season finale improved drastically on last year's.

On the strength of MasterChef's (6.5 million total viewers, 2.6 rating in adults 18-49 demographic) ratings performance (up 30 percent from last season's closer), Fox dominated Tuesday night in the key demo and delivered the network's highest-rated night in total viewers so far this summer. In head-to-head competition with America's Got Talent at 9 p.m., MasterChef topped NBC's summer reality series by 8 percent.

NBC placed second on the night, averaging a 2.2 rating, thanks mainly to a two-hour America's Got Talent (10.1 million, 2.7). Talent, however, did sink 10 percent making it a season low for a Tuesday telecast. A weak performance for lead-in It's Worth What? (4.1 million, 1.0), hitting a series low, didn't help.

ABC's Take the Money and Run (3.6 million, 1.4) sank 22 percent, hitting a series low, but medical drama Combat Hospital (3.6 million, 0.9) improved 13 percent.

CBS and the CW aired repeats.

Fox  - 2.6
·         MasterChef:  2.6, 6.5 million

NBC  - 2.2
·         It's Worth What?:  1.0, 4.1 million
·         America's Got Talent:  2.7, 10.1 million

ABC  - 1.3
·         Wipeout (R):  1.6, 5.5 million
·         Take The Money & Run:  1.4, 3.6 million
·         Combat Hospital:  0.9, 3.6 million
 
CBS  - 1.2
·         NCIS (R):  1.2, 8.5 million
·         NCIS: LA (R):  1.3, 7.8 million
·         Hawaii Five-0 (RS):  1.1, 5.8 million

CW  - 0.3
·         90210 (R):  0.4, 987,000
·         Shedding for the Wedding (R):  0.3, 742,000

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