TV ratings: Fox takes quiet Memorial Day with ‘Masterchef,’ ‘24'

Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay welcomes auditioners for the new season of “Masterchef.”
(Carin Baer / Fox)

Not many people watched TV on Memorial Day, but many who did saw Gordon Ramsay and Jack Bauer. 

With the help of the Season 5 premiere of “Masterchef” and another episode of “24: Live Another Day,” Fox won the night in ratings in the key young-adults demographic.

The network averaged a rating of 1.5 among 18- to 49-year-old viewers, where a point equals about 1.3 million people. However, Fox came in third in overall viewership, behind “Bachelorette"-fueled ABC and a rerun-heavy CBS.

“Masterchef” premiered to 4.1 million viewers and a rating of 1.4 in 18-49, down 33% from the 8-9 p.m. hour of its two-hour season opener a year ago, which was not on a holiday. The Memorial Day “24" episode fell 12% week-to-week to a 1.5, which gave it a tie with NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” premiere for the highest-rated show of the night in the key demo.


The 1.5 for “American Ninja Warrior” was down 12% from last summer’s debut.

ABC’s “The Bachelorette” won in total viewership by averaging 5.7 million viewers. Its 18-49 rating of 1.4 was 30% lower than its premiere last week. 

CBS had a quiet night with comedy reruns and specials from “Friends With Better Lives” and “48 Hours,” but managed to pull in an average of 5 million viewers.

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