ABC’s summer reality hit Wipeout made a successful transition to winter. The debut last night of Winter Wipeout (3.7/11, 11.6 million) turned the lights on for ABC at 8 PM on Thursday in a big way, finishing No.1 in the hour in adults 18-49, tied with the slot leader CBS. Vs. the show’s most recent summer premiere, last night’s debut was up 19% in the demo. Unlike the idea to spin off reality hit Dancing with the Stars into Skating with the Stars, which was a ratings dud, the decision for a winter-themed edition of Wipeout is proving to be a great one that can solve ABC’s long-standing problem at 8 PM on Thursday. However, the real test for Winter Wipeout will come in 2 weeks when American Idol launches in the slot (along with NBC’s comedies, which are a smaller threat). Otherwise, scripted series continued the encouraging trend this week of returning higher than or even with their most recent originals. At 9 PM, Grey’s Anatomy (4.2/11) was up 5% from its last original on Dec. 2 but, even with the big Winter Wipeout lead-in, it couldn’t beat CBS’ Big Bang Theory for the top demo spot on Thursday. Private Practice (2.8/8) was flat with its Dec. 2 original. With the help of Wipeout, ABC (3.6/10, 10.3 million) won the night in 18-49 over CBS with its best Thursday numbers of the season.
Just as CNN announced his new show on the cable network, Piers Morgan’s old one, America’s Got Talent, hit an eight-week high among adults 18-49. The NBC talent show (3.2 rating/9 share in 18-49, 12.3 million viewers overall) was the top program last night, lifting the network to the top spot in the demo and total viewers. Its lead-in, Minute to Win It (1.7/5) was flat with last week. ABC’s Wipeout (2.7/9) at 8 PM was also up week-to-week, 13%, with the only other original offering last night, the summer finale of ABC’s Nightline Prime: Secrets of Your Mind logging a 1.1/3 at 10 PM.
ABC’s Wipeout had the edge in its second week against CBS’ Big Brother at 8 PM on Thursday. After Big Brother narrowly won last week (2.5/9 to 2.4/8 after being tied at 2.4/9 in the fast nationals), Wipeout (2.5/9) last night was up a tenth, while Big Brother (2.3/9) was down two tenths from its season premiere last week. But the live eviction Big Brother show was up double digits from the comparable broadcast last year. Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.9/6, down 10%) also had its results show last night but the its ratings were probably affected from the fact that the elimination was a foregone conclusion after a dancer (Ashley) was injured.
Meanwhile, Wipeout‘s ratings uptick was followed by more gains for the network’s scripted drama Rookie Blue (1.7/6, up 13%) and docu series ABC News Boston Med (1.3/4, up 18%). ABC won the night in adults 18-49 (1.8/6), while CBS, which aired drama repeats after Big Brother, was tops in viewers (7.1 million) NBC aired all-reruns.
Fox is expected to easily top the ratings for last night with its broadcast of the MLB All-Star Game, which is down from last year. In overnight household ratings, the drop was 12%. Time-zone adjusted fast nationals will be released later this morning. The regular fast nationals, which could serve as a rough estimate, have the game averaging a 3.4 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 and 11.1 million viewers overall.
Airing against baseball, NBC’s America’s Got Talent (3.2/9, 11.1 million) at 9 PM was down 3% from last week, ranking as the top-rated non-sports program for the night. Two underachievers, NBC’s Losing It With Jillian (1.4/5) at 8 PM and ABC’s Downfall (1.3/4) at 9 PM, which followed a rerun Wipeout (2.7/9), got a ratings uptick, 17% and 8%, respectively. ABC News Primetime: Family Secrets (1.3/4) was also up one tenth from its season premiere last week. CBS aired drama repeats.
ABC Wipeout and CBS’ Big Brother’s first face-off this summer ended in a draw. The season premiere of Big Brother at 8PM averaged a 2.4 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, up 4% from last summer’s debut. Facing Big Brother, Wipeout (2.4/8) took a hit, down 14% in the demo from last week for a season low. In total viewers, Wipeout held the edge: 7.9 million vs. 7.3 million for Big Brother.
ABC’s once promising new scripted drama Rookie Blue (1.6/5) at 9PM continues its downslide, shedding another 11% from last week. At 10PM, ABC News Primetime: Boston Medical (1.1/4) was down 15% week-to-week, finishing distant second in the hour behind a drama rerun on CBS. At Fox, a Glee repeat (1.3/4) led to new So You Think You Can Dance (2.1/6), which was flat with last week.
NBC aired a wall-to-wall reruns of freshman comedy Community. CBS, which followed Big Brother with repeats of CSI (1.4/4) and The Mentalist (1.6/5), won the night in adults 18-49 (1.8/6) and total viewers (7.6 million).
Veterans were up, newcomers down last night, which offered a slew of unscripted originals and scripted repeats. NBC’s two-hour America’s Got Talent (3.4 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 12.3 million viewers overall) was the top program of the night, up 17% in the demo from last week. Fox’s two-hour Hell’s Kitchen (3.1/10 in adults 18-49) was up 15% from last week, while Wipeout (2.9/10) at 8PM was up 12%. On the flip side, Talent’s lead-in, new NBC reality series Losing it With Jillian (1.2/4) at 8 PM was down 8% from last week, tying its lowest-rated telecast. Similarly, Wipeout’s lead-out, new ABC unscripted series Downfall (1.3/4) at 9PM, was down 7%. The premiere of ABC News Primetime: Family Secrets (1.2/3) was up a tenth vs. last summer’s debut. CBS aired wall-to-wall reruns of its Wednesday drama lineup. With Hell’s Kitchen, Fox (3.1/10, 6.8 million) won the night in 18-49, while NBC (2.7/8, 9.1 million) was tops in total viewers on the strength of Talent.
Things were status quo in primetime last night, with most shows keeping close to their last week’s averages. ABC’s Wipeout (2.7/10 in adults 18-49) at 8PM, the top-rated program of the night, was up 4%. It led to scripted drama Rookie Blue (1.8/6), which was down 5% from its premiere last week. The ABC News Primetime - Boston Medical (1.4/4) at 10PM was up 8% from last week. Fox’ So You Think You Can Dance result show at 9PM won the hour with a 2.0/7 among adults 18-49, down 17% from last week. The only other first-run offering last night, NBC’s comedy 100 Questions (0.7/3) at 8:30PM, posted its first week-to-week ratings increase, .1 rating point, but still ranked as the lowest-rated program of the night on the Big 4. ABC was No. 1 overall in 18-49 (2.0/7) while CBS was tops in viewers (7.1 million).
Ratings were in downfall last night, and nowhere was this more evident than with ABC’s new reality series Downfall (1.4/4), which was down 26% from its soft premiere last week and lost almost half of its Wipeout lead-in. Wipeout (2.6/9) was also down, 16%, from its season premiere last week, as was ABC News Primetime: MindGames (1.0/3) at 10PM, down 23% from its last week’s debut last. Also slipping week-to-week was the night’s top program, NBC’s America’s Got Talent (2.8/9). The hourlong show at 9PM was down 18% from last week’s two-hour telecst for a season low. On the plus side, NBC’s new summer series Losing It With Jillian (1.3/5) was up 8% from its all-time low last week. And a repeat of the network’s Last Comic Standing (1.7/5) dominated the 10PM hour over MindGames and a repeat of CBS’ The Good Wife (1.0/3). Fox won the night in the 18-49 demo with a two-hour Hell’s Kitchen (2.7/9), which was down 7% from last week. CBS (7.9 million viewers) was No.1 in total viewers with an all-rerun lineup.
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