Following disappointing ratings for the Season 2 premiere of 'MasterChef' earlier this week, Fox execs have tweaked the summer schedule to give the cooking show a boost. It will now air before ratings powerhouse 'Hell's Kitchen,' which returns for its ninth season in July.
According to Deadline.com, Fox had originally planned to air 'MasterChef' Mondays and Tuesdays at 8PM ET, an hour earlier than last summer. But, after ratings plummeted a whopping 33 percent on Monday, and went up only 10 percent the following night, Fox will is moving the series to the 9PM ET slot, which is where it aired last year behind 'Hell's Kitchen.'
The move on Monday will be made right away, with a 'MasterChef' rerun airing Monday June 13 at 8PM ET, leading into a new episode at 9PM ET. Come July, Fox hopes that 'Hell's Kitchen' viewers will stay with the network for a second helping of Ramsay.
The network has placed a lot of faith in Ramsay's ability to attract large audiences, and it renewed'Hell's Kitchen' for two more seasons back in February. Summing up the attraction of the show, executive producer Arthur Smith said, "The thing about 'Hell's Kitchen' is you can put it anywhere -- spring, summer, fall, opposite 'Modern Family' and 'Survivor.' ... It's very satisfying to see what people think of a food show is that broad-based."
Fox also has announced a premiere date for the recently ordered 'Buried Treasure':
Starting on Aug. 24, it will air Wednesdays at 8PM ET. The antiques-hunting reality show follows twin brothers Leigh and Leslie Keno of 'Antiques Roadshow' fame as they help people investigate and appraise personal effects, which may or may not be worth millions of dollars.
'Hell's Kitchen' Season 9 premieres Monday, July 18 at 8PM ET on Fox.