NBC, the only English-speaking broadcast network to offer an all original lineup on Tuesday, won the night in 18-49 (2.3.6) and total viewers (9.2 million). It was paced by a two-hour America’s Got Talent (2.9/8), which was down a tenth from last Tuesday’s fast national 18-49 rating (down 6% from the final as the reality series is normally adjusted up). Opening for Talent was It’s Worth What? (1.1/3), which was down a tenth from last week. Following a Wipeout rerun (1.9/6), which once again was ABC’s top-rated program Tuesday, the network aired the finales of Take the Money and Run (1.5/4) and Combat Hospital (0.9/2), both even with last week. ABC (1.4/4) finished fourth for the night in the demo behind CBS (1.6/4), whose rerun lineup tied Univision for second place in the demo.
The summer premiere of ABC’s 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show is shifting to Tuesday, June 21 at 9 PM, the network announced today. It also said that the series premiere of Expedition Impossible and the Season 2 premiere of Rookie Blue will move to Thursday, June 23 at 9 PM and 10 PM, respectively. Wipeout will air a special original episode June 21, with the season premiere airing June 23, both at 8 PM. The series premiere of Take the Money and Run moves to Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 9 PM.
After promising early showings for Winter Wipeout in the challenging for ABC Thursday 8 PM slot, the network is sticking with reality in the hour for the rest of the season. After Winter Wipeout finishes its run, ABC will launch competition series Take the Money and Run on April 14. The six-episode series, from the Amazing Race team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Bertram van Munster, combines elements of a globe-trotting race and a spy thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Nine years after Jerry Bruckheimer TV made a big entrance in reality TV with The Amazing Race, the company is re-teaming with the Race creators for a new reality competition series, this time on ABC. ABC has handed out a six-episode order to Take the Money and Run (form. Catch Me), which Bruckheimer executive produces with Race creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri as well as Jonathan Littman and Belfast-based producer Philip Morrow, on whose format the series is based. Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Van Munster’s Profiles TV are producing with Horizon Alternative TV, the alternative division of Warner Horizon.