Fox's double helping of Gordon Ramsay served up a Monday night win for the network.
The season premieres of Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef averaged a 2.3 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, edging out NBC's 2.1.
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Although down slightly from last summer's bow, Hell's Kitchen drew 5.4 million viewers and a 2.4, while MasterChef pulled in 5.2 million viewers and a 2.3, up 28 percent from last year.
The highest-rated show of the night, however, was America's Got Talent, which earned a 3.2 and 12.05 million viewers, making NBC the night's most-watched network. Talent grew four-tenths from last week. American Ninja Warrior followed with 6.6 million viewers and a 2.2, improving a tad from last Monday.
On ABC, The Bachelorette (6.7 million, 2.1) climbed 11 percent and was the night's second most-watched show.
CBS: How I Met Your Mother (R) 4.2 million (1.3); 2 Broke Girls (R) 4.5 million (1.3)
ABC: The Bachelorette 6.7 million (2.1) [8-10 p.m.]
Fox: Hell's Kitchen 5.4 million (2.4)
NBC: America's Got Talent 12.05 million (3.2)
CW: Breaking Pointe (R) 0.5 million (0.2)
CBS: Two and a Half Men (R) 6.5 million (1.5); Mike & Molly (R) 5.9 million (1.3)
Fox: MasterChef 5.2 million (2.3)
NBC: American Ninja Warrior 6.6 million (2.2)
CW: The Catalina (R) 0.3 million (0.1)
CBS: Hawaii Five-0 (R) 5.5 million (1.2)
ABC: Castle (R) 5.2 million (0.9)
NBC: Grimm (R) 3.1 million (1.0)