masterchef season 5 premiere ratings TV ratings: 'Bachelorette' tops the night; 'MasterChef' Season 5 premiere downFast National ratings for Monday, May 26, 2014

Ratings were down across the board Monday, from a combination of it being Memorial Day and about half the broadcast shows being in reruns.

In premieres, “MasterChef” and “American Ninja Warrior” were both down from a year ago, though in 2013, neither one premiered on a holiday.

“The Bachelorette” was just barely the top show of the night, though it was also down from last week’s premiere episode. “24: Live Another Day” held steady at 5.7 million viewers.

ABC led the night with 5.2 million viewers and a 3.5 rating/6 share in households, followed by CBS (4.996 million, 3.2/5), FOX (4.9 million, 3.0/5), NBC (4.1 million, 2.3/4) and The CW (1.3 million, 0.9/1).

In adults 18-49, FOX took the crown with a 1.5 rating, followed by ABC and NBC in a tie at 1.3, CBS at 1.0 and The CW at 0.3.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

ABC: “The Bachelorette” (5.7 million viewers, 3.7/7 households)
CBS: “2 Broke Girls” rerun (4.7 million, 3.0/5)/”Friends With Better Lives” (5.3 million, 3.2/5)
FOX: “MasterChef” premiere (4.1 million, 2.5/4)
NBC: “American Ninja Warrior” Season 6 countdown special (2.98 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: Movie – “Memorial Day” (1.4 million, 0.9/2)

18-49 leader: “MasterChef” and “The Bachelorette” tie (1.4)

9 p.m.

ABC: “The Bachelorette” (5.8 million, 3.8/6)
FOX: “24: Live Another Day” (5.7 million, 3.5/6)
CBS: “Mike & Molly” rerun (4.997 million, 3.2/5)/”Mom” rerun (4.8 million, 3.2/5)
NBC: “American Ninja Warrior” premiere (4.8 million, 2.6/4)
The CW: “Memorial Day” (1.2 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: “MasterChef,” “The Bachelorette” and “American Ninja Warrior” tie (1.5)

10 p.m.

NBC: “American Ninja Warrior” premiere (4.6 million, 2.6/4)
ABC: “Castle” rerun (4.4 million, 2.9/5)
CBS: “48 Hours” (5.1 million, 3.4/6)

18-49 leader: “American Ninja Warrior” (1.5)

information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are
preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."