No cooling off in Fox's 'Kitchen'

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NEW YORK -- "Hell's Kitchen" kept burning for Fox, giving it another weekly win in the adults 18-49 demographic, while CBS won another summer week in viewership, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.

The week started strong for Fox, whose "Hell's Kitchen" (8.6 million, 4.0 rating/11 share in adults 18-49) was the top program Monday. It came in ahead of the penultimate "Age of Love" (5.4 million, 2.1/6) on NBC as well as ABC's "Six Degrees of Martina McBride" (4.3 million, 1.3/4). The top show in viewership was a repeat of CBS' "Two and a Half Men" (9.2 million, 2.8/8).

Tuesday was a win in NBC's column with the one-two combination of "America's Got Talent" (10.8 million, 3.1/10) and "The Singing Bee" (9.8 million, 3.2/9). From 8-10 p.m., NBC beat ABC's originals "Just for Laughs" (7.4 million, 2.5/9) plus "Shaq's Big Challenge" (5.5 million, 2.1/6) and CBS' "Big Brother" (7.1 million, 2.8/8).

On Wednesday, the momentum returned to Fox with "So You Think You Can Dance" (8.3 million, 3.1/10) at 8 p.m. and "Don't Forget the Lyrics" (7.8 million, 3.0/8) at 9:30 p.m. It faced mostly repeats, though NBC's "Last Comic Standing" (6.8 million, 2.9/8) came in second place ahead of ABC's "American Inventor" (5.3 million, 1.7/5). Also making an appearance at 10 p.m. was ABC's canceled "The Nine" (3 million, 1.0/3), which came in at third place in the hour.

Fox won again Thursday, with "Lyrics" (7.7 million, 2.9/10) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (9.6 million, 3.5/11) providing the juice against mostly repeat competition. The only other original program Thursday was "Big Brother" (7.1 million, 2.7/10), which just missed tying "Lyrics" at 8 p.m. in the demo.

ABC and NBC tied in adults 18-49 on Friday, with "Greek" (2 million, 0.8/3) barely there, though the network recovered at 10 p.m. with "20/20" (5.9 million, 1.9/7). Saturday's highest-rated shows in the demo were Fox's "America's Most Wanted" (4.9 million, 1.6/6) and "Cops 2" (4.8 million, 1.6/7). They were ahead of CBS' "48 Hours Mystery" (6.2 million, 1.5/5), which won Saturday in viewership.

Sunday was split between CBS and Fox, with CBS winning in viewers thanks to "60 Minutes" (8.8 million, 1.5/5) and another episode of "Big Brother" (7.5 million, 2.8/9). Fox had the top show in 18-49 with repeat "Family Guy" episodes, including a 9:30 p.m. show that averaged 6.5 million viewers and a 3.2/9 in the demo.

ABC's "World News With Charles Gibson" won last week in viewership and the adults 25-54 demographic with 7.9 million viewers and a 1.9/9, compared with NBC (7.5 million/1.7/8) and CBS (5.7 million/1.4/6.)

In the primetime ratings, CBS (6.5 million viewers, 1.8/6) won in viewership, while Fox (5.6 million, 2.2/7) won in adults 18-49, followed by NBC (5.3 million, 1.7/6), ABC (4.3 million, 1.4/5) and the CW (1.9 million, 0.7/2).
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