Reality restaurant show leads Fox to demo win"Hell's Kitchen" fended off a challenge from ABC upstart "Wipeout" to retain the top spot in the adults 18-49 demographic, leading Fox to a demo victory for the week.
"Kitchen" (8.9 million viewers, 4.2 rating/12 share in adults 18-49) remained hot and up from last week's 3.7/11, according to Nielsen Media Research. But ABC's "Wipeout" (10.6 million, 4.0/13) rose 11% compared with last week for a solid second place in the demo.
CBS won the week in viewership, even though the week's most-watched show was NBC's "America's Got Talent" (12.7 million, 3.4/9) and CBS' highest-ranked show was "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.9 million, 2.2/4) in fourth place.
Tied for fifth place in the demo was the premiere of the CBS reality series "Greatest American Dog" (9.5 million, 2.1/8), which won its hour in viewership and tied for the demo lead against Fox's "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" (7.2 million, 2.1/7).
ABC saw stronger ratings as well for "The Bachelorette" season finale (9.5 million, 3.4/10), which jumped 41% in a two-hour episode compared with last week's 8 p.m. one-hour episode. Making a night of it, ABC saw better ratings for "The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose" (10 million, 3.7/10) at 10 p.m. It edged NBC out of second place by a tenth of a point in adults 18-49.
NBC stayed steady for the week. "America's Got Talent" was up to a record high this season in its Tuesday spot against "Kitchen" and ABC's "I Survived a Japanese Game Show" (6.7 million, 2.7/7). Wednesday's standout was "The Baby Borrowers" (6.9 million, 2.9/8), which rose week-over-week in viewership and the demo, back to its premiere levels.
The top show for Wednesday and Thursday was Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" (8.9 million, 3.2/10 and 8.8 million, 3.0/9, respectively). A surprise of sorts came Friday, when Canadian import "Flashpoint" (8.1 million, 1.9/6) gave CBS a strong outing at 10 p.m. to become the highest-rated show of the night.
For the week ending Sunday, Fox (5.8 million, 2.1/7) was the top network in adults 18-49, while CBS (6.9 million, 1.6/5) led in viewership over ABC (5.5 million, 1.8/6), NBC (5.5 million, 1.7/5) and the CW (1.5 million, 0.6/2). (partialdiff)