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TV Ratings: 'MasterChef' Premiere Tops Last Summer, Pushes Fox to Monday Win

Reality rises across the board with boosts for "America's Got Talent," "American Ninja Warrior" and "The Bachelorette."

Masterchef Season 3 Premiere - H 2012
Michael Lavine/FOX

Gordon Ramsay's summer block returned strong for Fox, with fast affiliate ratings giving the network a dominant 2.3 rating for adults 18-49 for Monday night. Hell's Kitchen, down just a tenth of a point from last summer's premiere, kicked off the night with a 2.4 adults rating. MasterChef saw growth at 9 p.m., up half a point in the demo from last summer with a 2.3 adults rating. The network averaged 5.3 million viewers.

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NBC saw victories with total viewers and the night's strongest broadcast, thanks to rising episodes of America's Got Talent and American Ninja Warrior. Talent climbed nearly half of a point from the previous Monday, earning a dominant 3.2 rating with adults 18-49, while Ninja Warrior saw a one-tenth bump for a 2.2 adults rating. An encore of Grimm (1.0) concluded the night, giving the network an average 2.1 rating with 18-49-ers and 7.3 million viewers.

The Bachelorette also saw a boost. ABC's dating drama posted a two-tenths gain among adults 18-49, finishing its two-hour broadcast with a 2.1 rating. A repeat of Castle (0.9) brought the nightly average to a 1.7 rating with adults 18-49 and a second-place finish among total viewers with 6.2 million.

CBS aired encores of its Monday lineup to the tune of a 1.3 rating in demo and 5.4 million viewers. Repeats of The CW's Breaking Pointe and The Catalina pulled in just 442,000 viewers and a 0.1 rating with adults 18-49.