'Hell's Kitchen' is hot even with cooler 'Idol'


Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" continues to heat up Tuesday nights, climbing to match its premiere rating.

"Kitchen" (12.3 million viewers and a 5.5 rating/14 share in the preliminary adults 18-49 demographic) generated a 12% week-over-week boost even as its "American Idol" lead-in fell to another five-year low (24.4 million, 8.7/24).

Although "Kitchen" ratings tend to settle a bit for the nationals since the preliminaries contain a couple minutes of "Idol" overrun, the week-over-week increase is beyond the influence of its usual "Idol" boost. The "Kitchen" track record this season is impressive considering that the show traditionally is a summer series and in its fourth season.

Fox won the night overall, with ABC and CBS tied for second in the demo and both networks trying out returning shows in new time periods. (partialdiff)