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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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