By Cynthia Littleton
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - CBS' "Rock Star: INXS" didn't exactly debut to a stadium-sized audience on Monday, a moribund night overall for the Big Four broadcast networks.
The reality series revolving around Australian rock band INXS' search for a new lead singer to replace dead frontman Michael Hutchence opened to 5.6 million viewers and 2.4 rating/7 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research.
"Rock Star" came in second to the culinary star of Fox's competing summer entry, "Hell's Kitchen" (6.5 million, 3.2/9), but its numbers were moving in the right direction at the 9:30 p.m. half-hour mark, when "Rock Star's" 18-49 demo score climbed to 2.6 from a 2.2 in the first half. At the same time, "Rock Star" lost significant ground in viewers from its 8:30 p.m. lead-in, a repeat of comedy "Two and a Half Men" (7.7 million, 2.1/7).
CBS capped the night with a 10 p.m. encore of "CSI: Miami" (7.7 million, 2.5/7) that was also off its game, even by repeat standards.
ABC had little traction for the night with its combo of "The Scholar" and theatrical "Meet the Parents." The same was true for NBC's repeat lineup of "Fear Factor," "Las Vegas" and "Medium."
Thanks to "Hell's Kitchen," Fox took the night in adults 18-49 (3.0/9) while CBS ranked No. 1 in viewers (7.1 million).