Fox got some good ratings news this morning. The network’s decision to upgrade MasterChef Junior to Tuesday paid off – the second season premiere of of Gordon Ramsay’s G-rated cooking competition hit series highs with a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers at 8 PM, up +13% and +19%, respectively, from MasterChef Jr‘s series debut last fall. (In teens, the year-to-year jump was +50%). The series aired on Fridays last season. It was scheduled for another Friday run this fall until new reality series Utopia bombed on Tuesday, and Fox brass opted to deploy MasterChef Jr. there. The kids cooking show’s 1.8 demo rating is the highest for any Fox program on Tuesday this fall and double what Utopia delivered in its last airing in the Tuesday 8 PM hour. The good news for MasterChef Jr. comes with some caveat — the main Tuesday 8 PM competition, NBC’s The Voice and CBS’ NCIS, were not in originals.
MasterChef Jr. boosted New Girl (1.6, up +33% from its most recent original) and The Mindy Project (1.3, up +18%) to their best Live+Same Day ratings since the season premieres. There was a Fox pre-emption in Honolulu for local election coverage but the network doesn’t expect noteworthy impact.
Facing a big news story last night — the results from the midterm elections, the nets opted to stick with comedies in originals, while dramas were all encores as network programming was frequently interrupted for cutaways with local election news.
Following the cancellation of Manhattan Love Story, ABC aired back-to-back fresh episodes of surviving Tuesday comedy Selfie (1.1 at 8 PM, down a tenth from its last outing; 0.9 at 8:30 PM, up 29% from Manhattan‘s last airing in the time slot). Following a Voice recap (2.3), new NBC comedy Marry Me (1.3) was down -13% from last week when it had a regular Voice episode as a lead-in. About A Boy (1.1) was down -8%. for a series low Live+same day result. Selfie, Marry Me and About A Boy (midseason entry last season) all are awaiting decision on back episodic orders. Given that both ABC and NBC already have cancelled freshman comedies, Manhattan and NBC’s Bad Judge and A To Z, the three remaining ones have better odds for some back orders, possibly not all getting to full-season 22 episodes.
ABC, NBC and CBS all dedicated the 10 PM hour to election coverage, with NBC coming out on top in 18-49 (1.0) and CBS drawing the most viewers (5.4 million) coming off the most watched program of the night, an NCIS rerun (11.7 million), which aired at 9 PM. CBS did some shuffling, testing NCIS: New Orleans in the 8 PM hour with a rerun.