Fast National ratings for Monday, August 29, 2011.
One new episode of "Hell's Kitchen" and a solidly performing repeat helped FOX comfortably win Monday night among young viewers, but ABC's "Bachelor Pad" paced an overall win.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 2.2 rating for the night, beating the 1.6 rating for ABC in the key demographic. NBC and CBS both averaged a 1.3 rating, while The CW did a 0.3 demo rating.
Overall, though, ABC averaged an estimated 5.63 million viewers and a 4.0 rating/6 share. NBC was second for the night with a 3.6/6 and 5.3 million viewers, just ahead of the 3.1/5 and nearly 5 million viewers for FOX. CBS was a close fourth with 4.92 million viewers and a 3.4/5. That left The CW stumbling along with 708,000 and a 0.5/1.
[For the night, Univision averaged 3.67 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49, so fifth overall and third in the key demographic.]
8 p.m. - "Bachelor Pad" started primetime in first for ABC with 6.38 million viewers and a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's repeat of "America's Got Talent" finished second overall with 5.11 million viewers, beating the 4.27 million viewers for CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" episodes. FOX's repeat of "Hell's Kitchen" was fourth overall with 3.82 million viewers, but second among adults 18-49 with a 1.7 rating. The CW's "Gossip Girl" averaged 821,000 viewers.
9 p.m. - ABC stayed in first place overall with 6.415 million viewers for "Bachelor Pad," which also held onto its 2.0 key demo rating for the 9 p.m. hour. FOX moved up to second overall with 6.18 million viewers for a new "Hell's Kitchen," comfortably winning among adults 18-49 with a 2.9 rating. CBS' "Two and a Half Men" and "Mike & Molly" episodes averaged 5.215 million viewers, nipping the 5.15 million viewers for NBC's "AGT" repeat. The CW's "One Tree Hill" averaged 594,000 viewers.
10 p.m. - "Dateline NBC" won the 10 p.m. hour with 5.65 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" averaged 5.28 million viewers, beating the 4.09 million viewers for ABC's "Castle."
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.