With 'Wipeout,' ABC falls on good times

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"America's Got Talent" was bested by "America's Got a Minor Concussion" as ABC's wacky obstacle course series "Wipeout" scored the highest premiere rating of any new show this summer.

"Wipeout" (10 million viewers, 3.7 rating/12 share in adults 18-49) bested the usual Tuesday night leader, Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" (7.7 million, 3.6/10), in the national Nielsen ratings to lead the night in the demo. That made "Wipeout" the top-rated freshman summer series premiere since NBC's "The Singing Bee" in July.

The "Wipeout" premiere also brought some water to ABC's reality ratings desert, marking the net's strongest postseason debut since 2005's "Brat Camp."

ABC's other reality debut, "I Survived a Japanese Game Show" (8 million, 3.1/9), also performed well. "Wipeout" grew 28% during its hour, while "Japanese Game Show" dropped 15%.

Overall, ABC won the night (averaging 8.2 million, 3.1/9), followed by NBC (10.6 million, 2.8/8), Fox (5.5 million, 2.5/8), CBS (7.3 million, 1.4/4) and the CW (1.4 million, 0.6/2). (partialdiff)
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