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Hell's Kitchen was cookin' for 6.83 million viewers, winning Monday night among the industry-prized 18-to-49-year-olds demographic with a 2.8 rating that matched its season high, according to Nielsen overnight figures.
The penultimate episode of MasterChef that followed at 9/8c served 6.04 million people and a 2.4 demo rating.
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Up against that foodie tandem on Fox, a two-hour Bachelor Pad on ABC averaged 6.32 million viewers, down from the 6.87 million it lured to last week's three-hour premiere. It also slightly declined in the demo, scoring a 2.1 rating vs. 2.2 a week ago. Still, the show was No. 1 in all the female demos, and higher compared with the same night in 2010.
Among the trio of reruns in prime time's final hour, CBS' Hawaii Five-0 (5.05 million, 1.2) outpaced ABC's Castle (3.91 million, 0.9) and NBC's Harry's Law (3.27 million, 0.8).
CBS had its usual lineup of sitcom reruns in the first two hours — two episodes of How I Met Your Mother (4.12 million and 4.56 million), Two and a Half Men (5.74 million) and Mike & Molly (5.37 million).
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On cable Sunday night, HBO's True Blood had the biggest audience and demo — 5.3 million and 3.1 — while The Next Food Network Star season finale pulled in 4.23 million and a 1.4 demo rating, which tied for third (with Entourage) behind Keeping Up With the Kardashians (3.16 million viewers).