Gordon Ramsay was on fire last night, with both of his Fox Monday series up double digits from last week. MasterChef (2.0 in adults 18-49) was up 11% from last Monday’s fast nationals and again was the highest-rated program of the night in 18-49. Hotel Hell (1.5) was up 15%. It wasn’t just fun and gains last night, with both ABC and NBC in negative territory week-to-week. ABC’s Bachelor In Paradise, the latest extension in the dating reality franchise, was down a tenth from last Monday’s fast national. Drama Mistresses (0.7) tumbled 30% to a series low in Live+Same Day.
Running Wild With Bear Grylls proved how guest-dependent it is. After flying high with Channing Tatum last Monday, the adventure reality series (1.2) fell 20% with Ton Arnold as Grylls’ travel buddy. The drop is expected to be even bigger as NBC’s fast nationals were inflated by a football preemption in Cleveland and will likely be adjusted down a tenth in the finals. That also goes for American Ninja Warrior (1.9), currently off a tenth from its most recent original. CBS’ Under The Dome (1.5) was even with last week’s 18-49 series low and up 5% in total viewers (7.23 million).
The CW premiered the 21st (!) cycle of America’s Next Top Model (0.4) at 9 PM. It was down a tenth in 18-49 from last season’s two-hour opener on August 2 but posted the network’s best 18-34 (0.5) rating in the hour in more than a year and a half. The reality veteran had a solid lead-in from the season finale of Whose Line Is It Anyway (0.6, even with its fast national last week). A Whose Line repeat at 8:30 PM (0.7) logged the improv series’ most watched (1.93 million) and highest rated telecast in adults 18-34 (0.7) in a year. The CW had its highest rated Monday night in 18-49 (0.6) in almost two years (12/17/12, Gossip Girl finale) and its highest-rated Monday in 18-34 (0.6) since 2/4/13. Fox is currently tied with NBC as No. 1 for the night in 18-49, CBS is first in viewers (5.50 million).