Fox's 'Hell's Kitchen's' ratings sizzle


On Tuesday night Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" showed it could heat up the spring when the cooking competition series had its first in-season premiere.

"Kitchen," which Fox usually airs in the summer, received a post-"American Idol" slot at 9 p.m. and posted a series-high rating (12.6 million viewers, 5.7 rating and a 14 share).

"Kitchen" retained a greater percentage of "Idol" viewers (61%) than drama "New Amsterdam" in March (42%), but less than premieres of "Moment of the Truth" (94%) and last year's debut of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" (92%).

Also, CBS tried out "CSI: Miami" in their Tuesdays at 10 p.m. "death slot" and proved one of their series can post a high number in the time period (14.3 million, 4.1/11). "Miami" dominated the hour against an ABC special "Live to Be 150" (10.2 million, 2.5/7) and a repeat of "Law & Order: SVU" (5.7 million, 2.1/6). But "Miami" was down 16% from its Monday night performance.

Overall, Fox won the night (averaging 18.9 million 7.5/19), despite "Idol" hitting a four-year low (25.2 million, 9.3/25). CBS (10.3 million, 2.9/7) and NBC (7.4 million, 2.9/7) tied for second. ABC was third (10.9 million, 2.6/7) . The CW fourth (1.6, 0.7/2).