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ABC Picks Up ‘Wipeout’ For Seventh Season

By | Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 12:20pm PST

wipeout__120829175531The new season will feature the franchise’s first “tournament of champions” event. Each episode will showcase 24 contestants competing in the world’s largest extreme obstacle course, but for the first time, winners will be brought together at the end of the season to compete for the title of Ultimate Wipeout Champion.

When ABC announced, in August of ’12, it wasabc-logo__130925200531 bringing back the competition series for a sixth season, including its 100th episode,  Jill Wagner returned as co-host (Vanessa Minnillo replaced her in Season 5), and new obstacles and completely redesigned Wipeout Zones were added. A seventh season will continue to feature special themed episodes, including a chance to win a date with Wagner, as well as the return of popular themes such as “Boss & Employee.” “We are always looking for ways to keep the show fresh and exciting. This year, we are amping up the competition with a season long tournament of champions,” said Matt Kunitz, creator and executive producer. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ and Comedy Keep CBS Out Front Thursday

By | Friday August 23, 2013 @ 8:58am PDT

Comedy repeats and badly behaved Big Brother residents put CBS on top in the ratings Thursday night, in the demo and overall crowd. CBS’ lineup is still being blacked out by Time Warner Cable in three of the country’s top 5 TV markets, and last night its lineup was pre-empted in Boston for an NFL preseason game. NBC was pre-empted in Baltimore for football, ABC in Detroit, and CW in Charlotte  — fast nationals are probably inflated. CBS comedy retreads The Big Bang Theory (2.1, 8 million viewers) and Two And A Half Men (2.0, 7.4 million) had little competition at 8 PM, though ABC’s Wipeout matched a season high in the demo (1.3).

Big Brother (2.3 rating) claimed the night’s No. 1 spot in the demo, and was up a tenth from last week at 9 PM. ABC’s Motive hit a 12-week high in the demo (1.1). At 10, NBC’s recently renewed Hollywood Game Night was No. 1 in the demo (1.3 rating), hitting a four-week high and up 8% compared to last week; it averaged 4 million viewers overall. ABC’s Rookie Blue was the slot’s most-watched show for the seventh week running with 5.3 million tuned in. Fox finished fifth for the night in the demo, with Glee and New Girl clocking 0.7 ratings in the demo, and The Mindy Project a 0.6.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Hits Viewership High, ‘Hollywood Game Night’ Ties Low, ‘Wipeout’ Rises

By | Friday August 2, 2013 @ 8:54am PDT

It was elimination night on Big Brother (2.5/8) on Thursday and the fifth house guest of the reality show’s 15th season was evicted. All of which meant a good night for the live one-hour show as Big Brother garnered its biggest viewership of the season with 7.04 million watching. The highest-rated show of Wednesday’s primetime, Big Brother was even with last week’s show to match its July 21 and July 25 shows for its best result of this cycle among adults 18-49. It could end up as the highest-rated show of the season among the key demo; as is typical of live shows, expect an adjustment in the final numbers later on today. Otherwise, CBS showed encores of The Big Bang Theory (2.1/8), which was the most-watched show of the night with 7.84 million viewers, and Two And A Half Men (1.7/6), with an Elementary (0.9/3) repeat ending the night. CBS won the night in total viewers with 6.267 million and in the demo with a 1.8/6. Univision was second in the demo with a 1.2/4, and ABC took the No. 2 spot in overall viewers with 4.662 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Winning With Bad Behavior

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 9:37am PDT

Here’s what’s happening this summer with CBS’ Big Brother:

What The Reporters Who Cover Television are saying: This season’s Big Brother housemates are the most heinous, tossing out racial slurs like party favors, or we’re just paying more attention because it’s the Summer of Paula Deen and the George Zimmerman Trial. What viewers are hearing: Best season ever on Big Brother!

What’s resulting: Big Brother on Thursday was the night’s No. 1-ranked program in all key measures, according to early stats, delivering half a million more viewers than last week, and season highs in the 18-49 demo (a 2.3 rating, up 10% from previous week), 25-54 (2.8), and total viewers (6.7 million). It was the only show to break a 2 rating in 18-49 – the Holy Grail of Madison Ave — besides Fox’s Gordon Ramsay Behaving Badly Show, aka Hell’s Kitchen. Last night’s episode was down 5% week to week, though it tied Big Brother in the 18-34 demo.

The rest of you guysABC’s Wipeout (1.1, best performance since the end of May, which may be damning with faint praise), Motive (0.8), Rookie Blue (1.1), NBC’s The Winner Is… (0.9, lowest to date) and Hollywood Game Night (1.2) — you’re playing in the minor leagues.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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ABC Picks Up ‘Wipeout’ For a Sixth Season, Jill Wagner To Return As Co-Host

By | Wednesday August 29, 2012 @ 10:54am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has renewed reality series Wipeout for a sixth season when the show will mark its 100th episode. The network didn’t specify whether the obstacle course show will air again in the summer. Jill Wagner will return as co-host after Vanessa Minnillo replaced her in Season 5. Hosting are John Anderson (ESPN’s SportsCenter) and John Henson (E!’s Talk Soup), with Wagner co-hosting.

The ever popular Big Balls will be back, along with new obstacles and completely redesigned Wipeout Zones. While not as strong in the ratings as it was early in its run, Wipeout is still one of the few broadcast shows that put on some numbers during the summer. ABC boasts that it is the 2011-12 season’s No. 1 show overall for Family Co-Viewing on the major networks (Adults 18-49 watching with Teens and Kids). Wipeout executive producers are creator Matt Kunitz and Scott Larsen. Endemol USA is producing.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Wipeout’ Down & Up, ‘Big Brother’ Flat, ‘Saving Hope’ ‘Rock Center’ & ‘Oh Sit!’ Up Big, ‘The Next’ Falls

By | Friday August 24, 2012 @ 9:18am PDT

Thursday was a TV double sixes, at least if you’re ABC. Last night the network ran back-to-back new episodes of Wipeout, their obstacle course reality show. The 8 PM (1.5/5) Wipeout was down 6% from last week’s 1.6/6 but the 9 PM (1.7/5) was actually up 6% from last week’s 8 PM Wipeout broadcast. ABC followed the double Wipeout with Rookie Blue (1.2/4) at 10 PM.  The series was up 9% from last week. Over on CBS, it was a double eviction episode of Big Brother (2.2/7). The multi-night sometimes hot tub inhabiting reality series was flat with last Thursday’s broadcast. After kicking off the night with encores of The Office (1.0/3) and Parks and Recreation (0.9/3), NBC had a new episode of  Saving Hope (0.8/2), watched by 3.7 million total viewers. The supernatural medical series was up a stellar 33% from last week. However, it’s worth noting that because of local NFL pre-seasons preemptions, NBC’s fast national numbers on Thursday night are inflated. Saving Hope was followed by Rock Center With Brian Williams (1.2/3). Up 20% from last week and watched by 5.4 million viewers in total, the newsmagazine show’s demo rating was tied for its top of the summer. The CW’s Oh Sit! (0.4/1) was up a good 33% from last week. However, that number wasn’t so great for The Next (0.2/1). The new singing competition series was down 33% … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Duets’ Finale & ‘Wipeout’ Hit Lows, ‘Big Brother’ Down

By | Friday July 20, 2012 @ 9:10am PDT

The Duets first-season finale on ABC saw J. Rome crowned the winner. It also saw the singing competition fall 10% from last week to hit a series low. Also on ABC, Wipeout (1.6/5) was down 11% to its season low. Rookie Blue (1.4/4), on the other hand, was up 17% from a week ago. On CBS, Big Brother (2.2/7) fell 15% from last week. NBC’s Saving Hope (0.5/2) was flat with last week. Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.7/2) was down 42%, tied for its lowest rating this summer. Fox’s dating show Take Me Out (1.2/4) was flat with last week. CBS won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers with 6.53 million. The remainder of Thursday’s programming was repeats. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Wipeout’ Down In Return; ‘Take Me Out’, ‘Choice’, ‘Duets’ & ‘Rookie Blue’ Drop; ‘Hope’ Up; Univision Tops Night

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 9:41am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Wipeout RatingsIt was another mostly down summer night for the English-language broadcast networks, allowing Spanish-language Univision to take charge, edging ABC (1.3/4 in 18-49) and CBS (1.3/4) for the top spot Thursday among adults 18-49 with a 1.4/4. CBS was No. 1 in total viewers (6.5 million) with all repeats.

ABC’s Wipeout (1.9/6) is the latest returning summer series to open lower than last year. The reality series was down 21% from its June 2011 premiere (down 30% from its winter opener). Its lead-in, rookie Duets (1.0/3), continues to falter, down 17% from last week to a series low. At 10 PM, just-renewed Canadian drama Rookie Blue (1.1/3) was down 15% from three weeks ago to a season low. Fox’s new unscripted series Take Me Out (1.0/3) and The Choice (1.2/4) also slid, down 17% and 20%, respectively, from last week. Even the U.S. Olympic Trials on NBC (1.7/6) were down after keeping steady and even slightly growing over the previous nights as Michael Phelps took a break from the pool. Following the trials, a new episode of Canadian import Saving Hope (0.7/2) was the lowest-rated program on the Big 4 networks last night. Still, its rating was up a whopping 40% from last week’s low. Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.8/2) was flat.

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FremantleMedia Signs Deal With ‘Wipeout’ Creator Matt Kunitz

By | Tuesday March 20, 2012 @ 8:34am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Matt Kunitz Wipeout FremantleMediaEXCLUSIVE: After six years at NBC Universal and six at Endemol, reality producer Matt Kunitz is teaming with FremantleMedia North America. Kunitz, creator/executive producer of Wipeout and executive producer of Fear Factor, has signed a multi-year overall deal with the company behind Fox’s American Idol and The X Factor and NBC’s America’s Got Talent to develop and produce new unscripted shows. The pact starts in May. FMNA CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz noted Kunitz’s track record “of producing shows that families can watch together.” “We are anxious to create big, broad entertainment shows with Matt and give them the kind of support and global infrastructure that we are confident FremantleMedia can provide,” she said.

Although he has formally been at Endemol for the past six years with three back-to-back overall deals, Kunitz’s relationship with the company dates back to 2000. That’s when at NBC he began working on the Endemol-produced NBC reality series Fear Factor, on which he has served as an executive producer from the start. Kunitz also executive produces the current Fear Factor reboot, which delivered solid ratings but also sparked controversy. NBC is yet to make a decision on the future of the series, with a few more original episodes in the can for a likely summer run. “As I close a chapter on 12 great years with Endemol, I’m very excited Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: OK Start For ‘Secret Circle’, ‘Vampire Diaries’ Premiere & ‘Wipeout’ Finale Down

By | Friday September 16, 2011 @ 9:36am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Four days before the official start of the fall season, the CW has already launched three of its four new series. The latest, The Secret Circle, opened last night with 3 million viewers and a 1.3/4 in adults 18-34. It was even with last fall’s premiere in the time slot of Nikita among adults 18-34 but down 16% in total viewers and a tenth in adults 18-49 as Nikita is a little broader and older-skewing. Secret Circle edged the Nikita premeire in women 18-34 (1.9/5) by 6% to post the network’s all-time high in the slot in that demo. The Secret Circle‘s lead-in, the third-season premiere of CW’s flagship drama The Vampire Diaries (3 million, 1.6/5), was down 11% in total viewers and 16% in 18-34 from last fall’s premiere but built on the May finale. Secret Circle and Vampire Diaries — which share Kevin Williamson as executive producer and Alloy books by L.J. Smith as source material — showed good compatibility, with Secret Circle retaining 100% of the Vampire Diaries audience. But the real test for the two shows will come next week, when they will face all-new competition, including Fox’s The X Factor. The only original offering on the Big 4 last night was the two-hour finale of ABC’s Wipeout (2.2/6 in adults 18-49), which was down 19% from last September’s two-hour closer. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: OK Debut For ‘Ringer’, ’90210′ And ‘Parenthood’ Premieres Down

Nellie Andreeva

The CW brass considered the new Sarah Michelle Gellar drama Ringer a self-starter, and it proved them right in its debut last night. The mystery drama originally developed and piloted for CBS drew 2.74 million viewers, jumping 68% from its lead-in, the fourth-season premiere of 90210 (1.6 million). Ringer also brought in a broader, mostly older audience. In adults 18-49, the show was up from 90210 by 50% (1.2/3 vs. 0.8/3), while in adults 18-34, the advantage was 22% (1.1/3 vs. 0.9/2). Versus CW’s series debuts last fall, Ringer matched the performance of the now-defunct Hellcats and was down from the premiere of Nikita (1.4/4), though Nikita had a much stronger lead-in with The Vampire Diaries. Ringer was the CW’s most-watched program in the time period in three years, since the series premiere of 90210 in September 2009. Given the fact that last night was the CW’s first night of original programming after three months of repeats, the CW will give Ringer more sampling by re-running the premiere on Friday and again next Monday at 9 PM. As for 90210, it was down 18% in total viewers from the series’ debut last fall when it aired in the Monday 8 PM slot. It was on par with the May season finale. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dance’ Finale Up From Last Week, Down From Last Year

Nellie Andreeva

The season finale of So You Think You Can Dance (2.1/7, 6.3 million) was up 24% in 18-49 and 17% in total viewers from last week but down 13% in the demo from last summer’s finale. In the preliminaries, Fox (2.1/7) is running behind CBS (2.3/7) for the night in 18-49, but CBS’, ABC’s and NBC’s numbers were inflated by local NFL preseason preemptions, and Fox is projecting that it will win Thursday in the demo when the finals are released this afternoon. Without adjustments, CBS’ Big Brother (3.2/9) grew 13% from last week and was the night’s the highest-rated program by a mile. ABC’s Wipeout (1.9/6), Expedition Impossible (1.6/4) and Rookie Blue (1.4/4) were all on par. NBC ran all repeats.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Gordon Ramsay’s Series Steady, ‘Talent’ & ‘Wipeout’ Slip

Nellie Andreeva

Fox (2.6/8 among adults 18-49, 6.2 million viewers) won Tuesday in 18-49 with Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen (2.7/9, 6.3 million) and MasterChef (2.5/7, 6.1 million), both flat vs. last week in the demo, while MasterChef drew its largest audience ever. The other originals last night were all down vs. last Tuesday: ABC’s Wipeout (1.9/6), Take the Money & Run (1.8/5) and Combat Hospital (0.9/3) were all down a tenth. NBC’ America’s Got Talent (2.9/8) was down 6% to its lowest-rated Tuesday episode this summer but still ranked as the top program of the night in 18-49 and total viewers; It’s Worth What? (1.1/4) was down 8%. For the night, NBC (2.3/7, 8.9 million) was second in 18-49 behind Fox and No. 1 in viewers. CBS (1.4/4, 8.2 million) aired all reruns but still managed to finish a close second in total viewers.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Expedition: Impossible’ & ‘Dance’ Down, ‘Big Brother’ Up

Nellie Andreeva

After rebounding last week, Mark Burnett’s new reality series for ABC Expedition: Impossible (1.4/4) slipped again, down 13%. Meanwhile, its lead-in, Wipeout (1.9/7), and lead-out, Rookie Blue (1.3/4), were both even with last week. Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance result show (1.6/6) was down 6% and followed by a Glee rerun. CBS’ Big Brother (2.7/8, 7.3 million) at 9 PM was up a tenth from last week to once again rank as the top program of the night and lead CBS (1.8/6, 6.3 million) to a nightly victory despite featuring reruns in two of the three hours of primetime. NBC aired all repeats.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: So-So Premiere For ABC’s ‘Take The Money And Run’

Nellie Andreeva

Three networks — NBC, Fox and ABC — offered all-original lineups last night, including the OK though not spectacular debut of ABC’s new reality series Take the Money and Run (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers), from producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Bertram van Munster, at 9 PM. It held onto 95% of its Wipeout (2.0/6) demo lead-in and boosted its lead-out Combat Hospital (1.0/3), up a tenth from last week. Still, even with the reinforcements, ABC finished third for the night in both 18-49 and total viewers. Fox (2.5/8, 6 million viewers) edged NBC (2.4/7, 9.3 million) for the top spot in adults 18-49 with its Gordon Ramsay block of Hell’s Kitchen (2.6/9, 6.2 million) and MasterChef (2.4/7, 5.8 million), while America’s Got Talent (2.9/8, 11.6 million) from 9-11 PM was once again the top-rated and most-watched program of the night, helping NBC to win the nightly race in 18-49. Hell’s Kitchen was even with last week in 18-49 and up 3% in total viewers to log its largest audience this summer. Talent was down 6%. Its lead-in, NBC’s new game show It’s Worth What? (1.2/4), was down 14%. CBS aired reruns and 48 Hours Mystery.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Expedition: Impossible’ Rebounds, Others Steady

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s new reality series Expedition: Impossible (1.6/5) rebounded from last week’s low, up 23%. Still, the adventure series remained the lowest-rated unscripted offering for the night. On ABC, it was flanked by Wipeout (1.9/7) and scripted drama Rookie Blue (1.3/4), both flat with last week. CBS won the night paced by Big Brother (2.6/8) at 9 PM, which was also even with last week and once again the top-rated program on the night. The reality’s lead-in and lead-out were reruns. Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance result show (1.7/6), which featured a performance by this week’s guest judge Lady Gaga, was up 6% from last week. NBC aired wall-to-wall repeats to finish a distant fourth for the night.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Edges ABC As Series Slip Across The Board

Nellie Andreeva

Overall usage was down 6% last night versus last Thursday, and ratings were down by at least as much across the board. At 9 PM, CBS’ Big Brother (2.3/7) was the top-rated program of the night by a mile, but it was down 18% from last Thursday’s premiere. Paced by Big Brother and helped by strong rerun numbers for The Big Bang Theory (1.6/6), CBS won the night in both adults 18-49 (1.6/5) and total viewers (6.2 million). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC’s ‘Expedition: Impossible’ OK In Debut, ‘Rookie Blue’ Slips

Nellie Andreeva

ABC launched its summer Thursday lineup last night with the official season premiere of Wipeout (2.3/8 in adults 18-49, down 12% from its Thursday premiere last summer), the debut of Mark Burnett’s new reality series Expedition Impossible (2.3/7), which held onto its Wipeout lead-in, and the second-season premiere of drama Rookie Blue (1.6/5, down 16% from its debut last summer, when the series ran in the Thursday 9 PM slot, directly following Wipeout.) Facing Wipeout and Expedition: Impossible, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.9/7) was down 14% week-to-week, with the NBA Draft coverage on cable also probably a factor. The only other original program last night was NBC’s Love Bites (0.8/2) at 10 PM, which was down 20%. ABC (2.1/6, 6.8 million total viewers) easily won the night in 18-49, while CBS’ all-rerun lineup (1.4/4, 7.4 million) still managed to finish first in total viewers.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Slow Start For ABC’s ‘Wipeout’, ’101 Ways’ And ‘Combat Hospital’

Nellie Andreeva

Sorry for the delay, Nielsen had processing issues this morning. ABC probably didn’t mind as it delayed the bad news about the premiere performance of the network’s summer Tuesday lineup. At 8 PM, Wipeout (1.7/6) was down a whopping 45% from last summer’s opener to post the reality series’ lowest-rated summer telecast ever. The episode was dubbed “special preview”, with Wipeout‘s official season premiere slated for tonight. At 9 PM, new game show 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (1.9/5) did a little better, even with last year’s premiere of Downfall. And at 10 PM, the Canadian/U.K.-produced medical drama Combat Hospital managed a 1.2/3. That was down 37% from last summer’s debut on ABC of another Canadian drama series, Rookie Blue.

All other originals were down last night. NBC’s The Voice (4.3/12) was down 7% (4% vs. its fast national rating as the singing competition tends to go up a tenth in the finals). America’s Got Talent (3.2/11) was down 9% for a season low. NBC still dominated the night with a 3.9/12 in adults 18-49 and 11.9 million viewers. Fox’s MasterChef (1.8/6) was down a tenth, edging the premiere of Wipeout for second place in the 8 PM hour among adults 18-49. The network aired Raising Hope repeats from 9-10 PM, while CBS stuck to its regular Tuesday lineup in reruns.

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