ABC’s decision to air a winter edition of Wipeout certainly paid off on Thursday. The competition show not only posted a 19 percent increase over its June 1 premiere but helped the network to finish in the top spot among adults 18-49 (3.6 rating/10 share). Each 18-49 ratings point represents 1.3 million viewers.
Wipeout earned a way-more-than-decent 3.7/11 in the demo, while its audience increased significantly from half-hour to half-hour, from 11 million at 8 to 12.1 million at 8:30. The big bouncy balls were a boon to Seattle Grace: Grey’s Anatomy earned a 4.2/11, up 5 percent versus its last original on Dec. 2. It averaged 11.6 millon. Private Practice earned a 2.8/8 and averaged 7.7 million.
CBS finished first in viewers on Thursday (13.8 million), with The Big Bang Theory averaging a 4.4/13 and 14 million viewers, followed by $#*! My Dad Says (2.9/8, 10.8 million), CSI (3.3/9, 14.3 million) and The Mentalist (3.0/9, 14.7 million).
Fox aired an original Million Dollar Money Drop (1.4/4, 4.5 million) and a repeat of Bones. NBC was in repeats, as was the CW.
Overall, ABC was second in viewers (10.3 million), followed by Fox (3.9 million), NBC (2.9 million), and the CW (1.4 million). In adults 18-49, CBS was second (3.4/9), while Fox and NBC were tied for third (1.2/3).