'Wipeout' scores top Tuesday ratings

Top summer bow since 2005

"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 summer reality ratings desert, marking the network'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, placing second to "Kitchen" at 9 p.m. and tying NBC's "America's Got Talent" (11.5 million, 3.1/9). "Wipeout" grew 28% during its hour, while "Japanese Game Show" dropped 15%, suggesting that game show contestants falling off giant bouncy balls might have primetime legs.

NBC placed second for the night and had an unscripted series debut Tuesday night, "Celebrity Family Feud" (8.8 million, 2.3/8).

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).
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