ABC w/ 'Wipeout' sees third-place tie


With a special preview of Wipeout leading into the debuts of 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show and Combat Hospital, ABC took second place to NBC (America’s Got Talent/2-hour The Voice) on Tuesday among Adults 18-49. 

In the 8pm hour against NBC’s America’s Got Talent and Fox’s MasterChef, ABC’s special summer sneak peak of Wipeout outdrew its unscripted competition on Fox by 1.2 million viewers. 

In addition, the broad-appealing Wipeout ranked #2 in the hour to America’s Got Talent with Women 18-49, and was also the second-highest rated broadcast show in the slot with Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11.  Please Note: Wipeout’s summer premiere is this coming Thursday (6/23/11) from 8-9pm.

Despite facing stiff time-period competition, Wipeout built by 6% in Total Viewers and by 20% in Adults 18-49 from its first half-hour to its second half-hour.

In viewers and young adults, Wipeout generated ABC’s top numbers in the hour this summer.

Opposite the opening hour of NBC’s The Voice semi-finals edition from 9-10pm, ABC’s debut of 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show built on its lead-in and gained audience during its broadcast to finish #2 in Adults 18-49.  Impressively, the new ABC show beat NBC’s The Voice by 11% in Teens 12-17 to stand as the #1 broadcast program on Tuesday evening.                                                                                                                                                                                       
Like its lead-in 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show grew its audience throughout its broadcast, picking up 6% in viewers and 11% in young adults from start to finish. 

At 10pm against the second hour of The Voice, the series debut of ABC’s Combat Hospital retained a strong 96% of its lead-in to stand as the 2nd-most-watched TV show overall.  The new ABC drama also finished #2 in the hour in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54.

Combat Hospital boosted the hour for ABC by a substantial 36% year to year in Total Viewers, topping the year-ago night with original programming.

(source: ABC)