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“America’s Got Talent” overthrew summer chart-topper “Wipeout” tobecome the highest-rated show last week.
NBC’s “Talent” (13.9 million viewers and a 3.7 rating/10 share inthe key adults 18-49 demographic) grew 9% this week in the demo toedge out ABC’s obstacle-course competition to lead the pack. Amongtotal viewers, the “Talent” episodes this summer mark theseven-most-watched primetime telecasts since the May season finaleof “Lost.”
“Wipeout” (9.7 million, 3.6/11) was no slouch, either, down only atenth this round to place second for the week.
NBC came within a tenth of first place. The network won Sundaynight thanks to the return of its NFL coverage with a preseasonWashington Redskins vs. Indianapolis Colts game (7.5 million,2.6/8) that posted double-digit gains from a comparable matchuplast year. The rising tide seemed to lift “Last Comic Standing” (5million, 1.9/6), up 12% for the week.
As for NBC’s freshman reality series “The Baby Borrowers” (5.4million, 2.1/6), the show that launched with bang concluded with arelative whimper, matching its season low.
Fox was once again in first place, which it has been for 29 out ofthe past 30 weeks. Fox was led by dual episodes of “So You ThinkYou Can Dance.” Although both shows won their respective nights,the Wednesday outing (8.8 million, 3.0/8) was the lowest-ratedepisode of the series on that night since 2005.
ABC and CBS tied for third place in the demo, with CBS placingfirst in total viewers for the eighth time this season.
Shaking up its lineup seemed to help CBS on Thursdays, with “BigBrother” (6.4 million, 2.3/8) and “Flashpoint” (7.7 million, 1.9/6)boasting time-period increases. But displaced shows “GreatestAmerican Dog” (5.2 million, 1.5/5) and “Swingtown” (4.1 million,1.2/4) fared worse in their new slots.
ABC continues to post overall gains versus last year. Tuesdaynight’s “Primetime” (7.7 million, 2.4/7) paid tribute to “The LastLecture” author Randy Pausch and made it into the top 10 shows forthe week. Monday’s new reality lineup continued to limp, with “HighSchool Musical: Get in the Picture” (3.5 million, 1.0/3) and “WannaBet” 3.4 million, 1.2/3) up a notch but placing last in their timeperiods.
Overall, Fox notched 5.1 million viewers and a 1.8 rating/6 sharein adults 18-49, followed by NBC (5.7 million, 1.7/6), CBS (6.3million, 1.5/5), ABC (4.4 million, 1.5/5), the CW (1.5 million,0.5/2) and MyNet (880,000, 0.3/1).
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