Kitchen Is Hot...Martina McBride Is Not

Fox moved into the rarified--for summer at least--4-plus ratings territory Monday with the semifinal cook-off on Hell's Kitchen. The show averaged a 4.2 rating/12 share in the 18-49 demo for its second half-hour, according to Nielsen overnight numbers, and a 4/11 for the full hour, powering Fox to a win on the night in the demo with a 2.9/9.

ABC was in fourth place, at a 1.6/5, despite a two-hour original reality "event," Six Degrees of Martina McBride, a hybrid reality show that combined a search/race (to locate singer McBride) with a competition to be the next country singing sensation.

CBS was second, with a 2.2/7, led by a repeat of franchise player CSI: Miami at 10 p.m. (2.5/8). NBC was third with a 2.1/6, driven by a new outing for reality show Age of Love and Dateline.

The CW averaged a .7/2 for repeats of its sitcom lineup.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.