Like a reality TV bat out of Hell, Gordon Ramsey returned Tuesday for Season 11 of Hell’s Kitchen (2.2/6). Taking over Fox’s primetime last night, the two-hour cooking competition premiere saw 20 aspiring restaurateurs putting forth their signatures dishes to Ramsey and, in a new twist this season, a live Las Vegas audience. It also saw the show slip 8% from its Season 10 premiere on June 4. However, last night’s Hell’s Kitchen garnered pretty much the same number of viewers with 5.4 million compared to last year’s 5.5 million, and it was the highest-rated show of the night in the adults 18-49 demographic. Fox won the night overall in the key demo, while CBS topped in total viewers with 11.15 million.
As one reality gastronomy series started up, another ended. After eight episodes, the first season of ABC’s The Taste (1.1/3) crowned a winner with Charlie Sheen’s private chef Khristianne Uy taking the top spot. The one-hour finale of the freshman show, which will see a Dancing With The Stars special in its slot next week, dipped 8% from last week to hit a series low. ABC started off the night with Celebrity Wife Swap (1.6/5), which rose 7% from the big drop-off its March 5 show saw from the previous week’s premiere. Falling 8% from last week, the struggling Body Of Proof (1.2/3) ended primetime for the network as it tied a series low.
Following repeats of NCIS (1.6/5) and NCIS: LA (1.9/5), Golden Boy (1.6/5) was the only original on CBS last night. After having previewed on two consecutive Tuesdays with the intention of being housed on Friday nights, the freshman cop drama had its first night in what’s to be its permanent home. Winning the 10 PM time slot in viewers, Golden Boy was even with last week’s Tuesday broadcast but up significantly from the 1.0/3 its March 8 airing received.
After hitting a series low last week, NBC’s Smash (0.9/3) was up 13% from its March 5 show, and that was without an original lead-in. An encore of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (0.9/3) began the network’s night, and a new Off Their Rockers (1.0/3) followed at 8:30 PM; the latter was down 9% from last week to a new series low. Repeats of Go On (0.8/2) and The New Normal (0.7/2) followed.
The CW had repeats of Hart Of Dixie (0.2/1) and Beauty And The Beast (0.2/1) on Tuesday.