With Hollywood and America reeling from the news of the death of Robin Williams yesterday, the drama and distractions of primetime television certainly offer a reprieve. Certainly on Under The Dome (1.5/5) there were twists, jumps in time and space and reunions, welcome or not. The only original on CBS last night, the Steven Spielberg produced series based on the writings of Stephen King was basically steady with the week before with a mere 6% drop from its August 4 broadcast. Unfortunately for the 10 PM UTD, which was the most watched show of the night with 6.85 million viewers digging in, that drop in preliminary ratings tied a series low for the show.

masterchef aug 11It was Monday so that meant it was Gordon Ramseyland on Fox with MasterChef (1.8/6) and Hotel Hell (1.3/7). A double elimination brought the contestants of cooks down to eight last night as Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson joined Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot as a judge on MasterChef. Though MC was the highest rated show of the night, the evening also saw the series slip 10% from last week. Lead-out Hotel Hell also took a bit of dip itself – a bit. The other Ramsay show of Monday nights repeated its stumble of last week with a slight 7% downward movement. That said, Fox won the night among the 18-49s with a 1.6/5 rating. The repeat heavy CBS was tops in viewers with 5.507 million watching.

The CW’s sole original of the night was Whose Line Is It Anyway (0.6/2) at 8 PM. The improv show was up a strong 17% from the past two flat weeks.

On ABC last night the evening began with some romance and reality with the second week of Bachelor In Paradise (1.4/5). The 2-hour spinoff saw some heartbreak and an exit by choice. In a rare result for any genre, Bachelor In Paradise also saw episode 2 match the August 4 debut. Following the reality search for love show, there was the search for intrigue and a bit of the illicit drama of Mistresses (1.0/3). The series based on the UK show of the same name rose 11% among the demo from the double-digit slide of last week.

bear gryls channing tatumThe third week of the second season of Running Wild With Bear Grylls (1.5/5) saw the reality show pick up the pace. Not only did Bear Grylls jump up 15% from its August 4 show but also the NBC show hit a series high both in the demo and in terms of total viewers with 4.6 million watching. I’m sure the addition of Channing Tatum to Monday’s episode of the adventure show plus the actor chopping off the head of a rattlesnake was at least a small factor in the upward movement. A special  American Ninja Warrior (1.4/4) recap edition was down 30% from last week’s new show.