Reality ruled on TV on Monday night but the results were very different across the networks. It was spelling bee night on ABC’s Bachelor Pad (1.3/4) last night and the word there was f-l-a-t. With the contestants now competing as couples, the show was the same as last week – which was a good week for Bachelor Pad, rising 25% from its series low the week before. Fox had its usual double shot of Gordon Ramsay with Hotel Hell (2.3/7) and Hell’s Kitchen (3.0/8). Two weeks since its debut, Hotel Hell was up 15% among the Adult 18-49 demo and up 13% in total viewers compared to last week. Heading towards it finale next week, Hell’s Kitchen is down to three competing chiefs but it was also up 15% from last week in the demo and up 13% in total viewers with 6.99 million this week vs. 6.2 million last week. Those numbers made Monday the highest ratings this summer so far for Hell’s Kitchen in both the Adult 18 – 49 demo and in total viewers. In fact, last night was the highest rating the show has had in the demo since October 13, 2010. On NBC, the celebrity completion series Stars Earn Stripes (0.9/2) also moved towards its finale next week. However, that movement is downward right now. This week saw Stars Earn Stripes fall yet again, this time 25% from last week. The reality show was followed by a new Grimm (1.6/4), which was down 6% from last week. Fox won the night among Adults 18-49 and in terms of total viewers. In terms of total viewers, Monday was Fox’s highest night this summer so far with an audience of 6.455 million
The rest of the night was repeats across the other networks. ABC followed Bachelor Pad with a Castle (0.7/2) encore. NBC started primetime with an America’s Got Talent (0.9/3) repeat. Over on CBS it was all repeats Monday with How I met Your Mother (1.5/5), The Big Bang Theory (2.0/6), 2 Broke Girls (2.1/5), Mike & Molly (1.7/4) and Hawaii Five-O (1.1/3). 2 Broke Girls was the second most watched show of the night after Hell’s Kitchen. In terms of total viewers, the sitcom repeat brought in 6.539 million viewers for CBS.