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Ratings: Final Hour of MasterChef Sets Series Highs

MasterChef  capped its season like a fine espresso with a touch of anisette that tops off a meal: Its two-hour finale averaged 6.64 million viewers and 2.6 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds.

Douglas J Rowe

MasterChef  capped its season like a fine espresso with a touch of anisette that tops off a meal: Its two-hour finale averaged 6.64 million viewers and 2.6 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds.

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The show's last hour Tuesday night, when it named its Season 2 winner, attracted series highs in both viewership (7 million) and the advertiser-coveted demo (2.8), preliminary Nielsen figures showed. And for the second night in a row, Fox fared well with food fare as Hell's Kitchen won the Monday prime-time competition in the industry-prized 18-to-49 group.

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Tuesday night's biggest audience as usual flocked to America's Got Talent, which averaged 10.06 million and a 2.9 demo rating starting at 9/8c. Against AGT in prime time's final hour, a Hawaii Five-0 rerun nabbed 5.84 million people vs. 3.63 million for Combat Hospital.

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On CBS, repeats of NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles pulled in 8.54 million viewers and 8 million, respectively, in the first two hours of prime time, while a rerun of Wipeout and a new Take the Money & Run attracted 5.45 million and 3.63 million. At 8/7c, NBC's It's Worth What? had 4.07 million.

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On cable, Monday night's Season 1 finale of Teen Wolf nabbed2.1 million people, and MTV noted that it was No. 1 in its time slot (10/9c)with teenagers and females aged 12 to 34. The update of the 1985 Michael J. Fox film already has been renewed. Maria Ouspenskaya would be proud.