The episode featuring the disgraced star was recorded in March -- long before the start of the scandal when she admitted to having used a racial slur in the past -- and was part of a "MasterChef" double-header, with one episode airing at 8 p.m. and the other at 9 p.m.
Viewership for the 9 p.m. episode, which featured Deen, increased 13% to 6.3 million, but its rating in the key 18-49 demographic was flat at 2.4, according to early numbers from Nielsen. The 8 p.m. episode's ratings slipped from its last original broadcast in that time slot.
Combined, the "MasterChef" two-hour block generated a 2.2 rating, making it the top-rated telecast of the night over
"Talent's" total audience grew 4% from last week to 9.69 million for the first round of semi-final cuts, and its 18-49 rating increased 5% to a 2.2. NBC's "Camp," the Australian comedy import, maintained its 0.9 rating from last week.
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