Ratings: ‘MasterChef’ throttles ‘America’s Got Talent,’ scores season high

Let this be a lesson for anyone who has ever doubted Gordon Ramsay’s ability to keep four separate shows going on Fox throughout one year — they all can still not only work, but post some pretty incredible numbers.

The latest example? “MasterChef.” One day after “Hell’s Kitchen” scored a season high with a final rating of 2.9 in the 18-49 demographic, this amateur cooking competition set a high of its own with a 2.8 and over 6.5 million viewers. For the second straight season, the numbers here have improved throughout, and this is really going places when you remember that the show’s first season by and large on the bubble. Now, this is one of the biggest shows of the summer, and a fourth season is already on the way.

“MasterChef” has taken down “America’s Got Talent” before, but in the demo this was its largest victory yet as the talent competition continues to struggle this season when it comes to young viewers. Its 2.4 rating was a decrease versus the week before, but there were more total viewers here (with 9.5 million) than any other show on the night. With coverage of the Republican National Convention taking up the final two hours of the night, this was the only new programming that was on the schedule — but it does show that “MasterChef” made the changes it needed to in order to survive, but the talent franchise is still in serious need of a shake-up despite the presence of a popular judge in Howard Stern.

What are you more surprised about this summer — that “America’s Got Talent” is down so dramatically, or that “MasterChef” has become one of the biggest hits? To check out who the final three “MasterChef” contenders are, be sure and read the story here.

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