'Ninja Warrior' ratings leap over rivals

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NBC’s American Ninja Warrior jumped over rivals for its second week on the air this summer, muscling out ABC’s Bachelorette and Fox’s MasterChef. The world’s toughest obstacle competition was up 19 percent to rank as Monday’s top-rated show in the demo.

It’s a nice headline for a series that started as an addictive Japanese sensation (Sasuke) airing on the network formerly known as G4. Ninja Warrior spawned a U.S. version that was gradually promoted up the network ranks to air on NBC in 2011. Thankfully, the NBC edition has maintained the Japanese original’s extreme level of difficulty (nobody has yet finished the final U.S. course) and focus on the athletic prowess of the contestants rather than the falls (unlike ABC’s silly take on this genre, Wipeout).

Since Monday, May 26 was Memorial Day, it’s perhaps no surprise that shows went up across the board this week: Fox’s MasterChef was up 21 percent, 24 was up 20 percent, Bachelorette was up 6 percent. ABC’s Mistresses also returned with the same debut number as last year.

Last, but certainly not least: The CW’s Beauty and the Beast returned from hiatus to post its most-watched episode in more than a year. Full chart:

NET/TIME/SHOW  18-49 RATING  TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 8-9P MASTERCHEF- 1.7 5,081
9-10P 24: LV-DAY- 1.8 6,240
ABC 8-10P BACHLRTTE- 1.7 6,499
10-11P MISTRESSES- P 1.2 4,478
CBS 8:00P 2BROKE GRL- R 1.0 4,806
8:30P MOM- R 1.0 4,682
9:00P MIKE&MOLLY- R 1.1 5,518
9:30P MKE&MLY RS 1.2 5,571
10-11P 48 HR MO- S 1.2 6,132
NBC 8-9P LST CMC-MO- RS 1.3 4,260
9-11P AMRN NINJA- 1.9 5,262
CW 8:00P WHSE-ANYWAY- 0.5 1,676
8:30P WHOSE-ENC- R 0.5 1,553
9-10P BEAUTY&BST- 0.4 1,108
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