After “Hell’s Kitchen” continued its dominance with a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic on Fox a 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, we all had the opportunity to witness “MasterChef” continuing to surge. Its 2.7 rating was the show’s best number of the season so far, and it also was enough for the show to be #1 on the night. Predictably, the show was recently renewed for a fourth season, so we are going to see plenty more of the underdog competition in the years ahead. Now, we just have to hope that Mike Darnell and the network are wise enough to keep it in the summer and not burn the show out.
Speaking of burnout, who expected “Bachelor Pad” to arrive with such a thud? In proving that no viewer wanted to tune in this season to watch a group of superfans play existing stars of the show, the 1.4 rating for the show was its worst ever. Considering that premieres usually have inflated numbers, this bodes very badly for the rest of the season. Who do you blame here? There was no Jake Pavelka for one this time around, and airing it a day after the three-hour “Bachelorette” finale proved that ABC tried to jam too much of the franchise in too quickly.
“Bachelor Pad” is the newest chapter in what has been a terrible summer for ABC outside of “The Bachelorette.” “The Glass House” tied is series low last night with a 0.8, and it could sink even lower once the final ratings are revealed. We’re starting to wonder whether this show is costing the network more money to put on the air than it is even receiving in return.
The only other new programming on the night was “American Ninja Warrior,” and it finished its run with a 2.0 rating.