Monday night's Stanley Cup win for the Los Angeles Kings failed to translate to a victory for NBC, which aired the game, while Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen" and "MasterChef" cooked up a ratings win for Fox, according to preliminary numbers.
Fox took first place in the advertiser-cherished 18-49 demographic with a 2.7/8, and took second place in total viewership with 6 million. Both of its Gordon Ramsay offerings, "Hell's Kitchen" at 8 and "MasterChef" at 9, grew 13 percent in the ratings from last week's season premieres, receiving a 2.7/9 and 2.6/7, respectively. (In total viewers, "Hell's Kitchen" drew 6.1 million, while MasterChef took in 5.8 million.) "Hell's Kitchen" was also the top-rated program of the night, with "MasterChef" taking second place.
ABC came in second in ratings and first in total viewers with an average 1.9/5 and 6.6 million. The total viewership victory was due largely to "The Bachelorette" at 8, which was the night's most-watched program with 7.3 million total viewers. In ratings, "The Bachelorette" inched up from last week for a 2.3/7. A "Castle" repeat followed.
NBC ran Game 6 of the Stanley Cup series throughout primetime on the East Coast. While the nature of live sports renders the network's numbers approximate, preliminary data places the network in third place in ratings with a 1.6/5 and fourth in total viewers with an average 4.1 million. That would be a 20 percent drop from last year's Game 6, and an overall low for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup series, as well as the lowest-rated Stanley Cup series-ender since 2006.
CBS, which took fourth in ratings and third in total viewers with a 1.4/4 and 5.7 million, ran repeats throughout the night.