After over two weeks, Monday was the first night of television without the Olympics. But with three premieres, there was still a lot of onscreen action even on NBC. Coming off the XXX Summer Games being the most-watched event in U.S. TV history, the network had the brand new Stars Earn Stripes (1.7/5) and the second season return of Grimm (2.0/5). In fast nationals, Grimm was down 5% from its series premiere on October 28, 2011 but garnered its second highest rating ever. Hosted by former NATO Commander and Presidential candidate Wesley Clark, the Mark Burnett-produced Stars puts celebs like Dean Cain, Todd Palin and former NFL player and The Expendables actor Terry Crews through simulated military challenges. The show looks to have some challenges of its own, Stars Earn Stripes was down 23% from the debut of fellow competition show Love in The Wild last summer on NBC. With its Olympics coverage done, NBC was down 10% from its pre-Games Monday average this summer. Over on Fox, it was the first night of the two evening debut of Hotel Hell (1.9/6). It got off to a good start. Hotel Hell was the highest rated new series to debut on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox this summer. Hosted by Gordon Ramsey, like a few other shows on Fox, Hotel Hell, which will air regularly on Mondays. The debut was followed by a new Hell’s Kitchen (2.7/7). Back to originals after three weeks, this Gordon Ramsey show was up 4% from July 23rd’s broadcast. Fox won the night among Adults 18-49 and in terms of total viewers with 5.79 million watching. ABC didn’t have any premieres but it did have new episodes of Bachelor Pad (1.2/4) and The Glass House (0.7/2). Both were up from last week with the former rising 9% and the latter 17%. CBS had a night of repeats.
RATINGS RAT RACE: 'Hotel Hell' Best Debut of The Summer, 'Stars Earn Stripes' Weak, 'Grimm' Returns Slightly Down
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