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 … Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … 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 … Read More »

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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 … 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 … Read More »

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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. … Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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), … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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% … Read More »

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