Fast National ratings for Monday, September 5, 2011.
It was a somewhat sluggish Labor Day Monday in primetime, but even with slight declines across-the-board, recent patterns held as FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" dominated the night with young viewers ABC's "Bachelor Pad" carried the night overall.
Among adults 18-49, FOX won the night with a 2.0 rating, topping ABC's 1.5 rating in the key demographic. CBS was third with a 1.3 rating, while NBC's 0.9 rating and the 0.2 rating for The CW trailed.
Overall, though, ABC averaged an estimated 5.34 million viewers and a 3.6 rating/6 share in primetime, with FOX's 4.51 million viewers taking second. CBS was a close third with a 2.9/5 and 4.49 million viewers. NBC averaged a 2.4/4 and 3.71 million viewers for the night, while The CW's 0.4/1 and 606,000 viewers trailed.
8 p.m. - ABC started primetime in first, as "Bachelor Pad" averaged 5.94 million viewers overall and a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 for the 8 p.m. hour. NBC's repeat of "America's Got Talent" averaged 4.01 million viewers, nipping the 3.82 million viewers for CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" episodes. FOX was close behind with 3.19 million viewers for an encore of "Hell's Kitchen." The CW's "Gossip Girl" averaged 682,000 viewers.
9 p.m. - FOX grabbed the 9 p.m. lead with 5.83 million viewers and a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 for "Hell's Kitchen." That barely topped the 5.81 million viewers for ABC's "Bachelor Pad," which also posted a 1.8 key demo rating. Third went to CBS with 5.04 million viewers for "Two and a Half Men" and "Mike & Molly" episodes, while NBC was fourth with 3.64 million viewers for "America's Got Talent." The CW's "One Tree Hill" averaged 531,000 viewers.
10 p.m. - "Hawaii Five-0" averaged 4.61 million viewers to carry 10 p.m. for CBS. ABC's "Castle" averaged 4.27 million viewers. Both procedural repeats easily beat NBC's new "Children of 9/11" special, which averaged 3.47 million viewers and tied with CBS for the hourly lead with a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49.
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.