The 12th season of
The culinary boot camp reality series kicked off with an average of 5.3 million viewers, up slightly from last year, though it was down 5% among key 18- to 49-year-olds. In the advertiser-coveted demographic, the 8 p.m. telecast drew a rating of 1.9.
Fox came in second place in prime time Thursday, earning a 2.1, while a comedy-driven CBS notched a 2.5.
There were no significant changes for CBS as
"Idol's" move to 9 p.m. may have taken some viewers from
Elsewhere on ABC, "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," the fairy-tale spinoff, fell 11% from its last episode to a low 0.8.