We’ve been hard at work on EW’s big Summer TV Preview issue that’s on stands this week and have admittedly been slipping on covering the morning broadcast ratings. We can’t let Gordon Ramsay off the hook that easily!
Here’s what you may have missed this week:
— America’s Got Talent (12.2 million, 3.4 adults 18-49 rating): NBC’s nutty talent show continues to lead the pack in the ratings. While Monday’s episode was up 14 percent from Memorial Day weekend, Tuesday’s hour slipped 8 percent.
— MasterChef (4.8 million, 2.1): Can anybody try out for this show without first taking the stage like a cocky cartoon character and then meekly bursting into tears at the prospect of not getting an apron? Which isn’t to say the dramatics are not effective. The third season of the cooking competition returned Monday, rising an impressive 28 percent from last summer’s premiere. Tuesday’s second episode fell 16 percent from its debut, but was still up 11 percent from last year’s Night 2.
— Hell’s Kitchen (4.8 million, 2.1): Ramsay criticizing inept cooks is like shoutin’ fish in a barrel, but the format still has its charms. Hell’s debut on Monday was only down 4 percent from last year despite airing up against America’s Got Talent. Last night’s hour slipped 13 percent, though.
— Love in the Wild (5 million, 1.6): Despite format tweaks in an effort to improve the show, the two-hour second season premiere of the romantic reality competition was down 27 percent Tuesday night from last year’s series debut.
— American Ninja Warrior (Monday: 6.8 million, 2.2): The newcomer on NBC’s summer lineup may not be doing much with its Got Talent lead-in, but the show is successfully holding its own (especially compared to many of NBC’s scripted shows this season).
— The Bachelorette (Monday: 6.8 million, 2.2): The dating competition remains solid, with Monday’s episode up 11 percent from Memorial Day weekend.