9:20am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Two Hours of 'MasterChef' Top Monday
With back-to-back episodes of MasterChef, Fox easily topped the Big Four among adults 18-49 on Monday night.
The culinary competition, like all broadcast series, had stiffer-than-normal competition from the return of ESPN's Monday Night Football — which overnight returns give a 9.2 rating among households. Still, MasterChef held even with Labor Day's performance. The first hour pulled a 1.8 rating in the key demo, while the second nabbed a 1.9. Its summer trajectory of time-shifting has it likely to hit a 2.4 rating in the key demo once live-plus-7 returns are in.
Running Wild With Bear Grylls (1.1 adults) improved by two-tenths of a point on NBC, while American Ninja Warrior (1.7 adults) was down by the same measure.
ABC's big lift for Bachelor in Paradise (1.8 adults) comes with a caveat. Detroit and New York affiliates preempted the network's lineup for the Giants-Lions game.
CBS saw Under the Dome (1.4 adults) come back two-tenths of a point from its Labor Day low, while America's Next Top Model (0.4 adults) held steady on The CW.