Wipeout was the Most-Watched TV Show in its Wednesday Time Slot

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via ABC press release:

Quick Take for Wednesday, June 17, 2009

(Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings)

Showing Strong Year-to-Year Gains, ABC Takes Second Place to Fox

On Wednesday Across the Adult Demos and Places No. 1 with Key Men

Wednesday Night (8:00-11:00 p.m.)

ABC earned second place to Fox on Wednesday night, with a 2-hour installment of “So You Think You Can Dance,” across the Adult demos:  AD18-34 (1.7/6), AD18-49 (2.0/6) and AD25-54 (2.3/6). The Net finished No. 1 on the evening among Men 18-49 (1.9/6-tie).

  • ABC’s Wednesday results were up from the same night last summer (6/18/08) by 1.4 million viewers (5.8 million vs. 4.4 million) and by 18% in Adults 18-49 (2.0/6 vs. 1.7/5).

“Wipeout” (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

For the 2nd time in 3 telecasts, ABC’s “Wipeout” (8.0 million) emerged as the most-watched TV show in the 8 o’clock hour, outdrawing original competition including Fox’s hit summer series and time-period veteran, “So You Think You Can Dance” (7.9 million).  Defeating its NBC unscripted competition head to head by the widest margins yet, “Wipeout” topped “I’m a Celebrity….Get Me Out of Here” by 3.8 million viewers (8.0 million vs. 4.2 million) and by 73% in Adults 18-49 (2.6/9 vs. 1.5/5).

  • For the 4th week in a row, the ABC unscripted series finished No. 1 in its time slot across all key Men demos (M18-34 – 2.0/8, M18-49 – 2.6/9 and M25-54 – 3.0/10), registering as Wednesday’s No. 1 TV show among Men for the 3rd consecutive week.
  • Wipeout” grew its numbers in the 8 o’clock hour week to week among Adults 18-34 (+10% – 2.2/8 vs. 2.0/7), Adults 25-54 (+3% – 3.0/9 vs. 2.9/9), while retaining 100% of its Adult 18-49 audience from the prior week.

“I Survived a Japanese Game Show” (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Moving to a new night (shifting from Tuesdays last summer) opposite established unscripted series during the 9 o’clock hour, including Fox’s second hour of its 2-hour “So You Think You Can Dance,” ABC’s “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” delivered a second-place finish in Adults 18-49 (2.1/6) and ranked No. 1 with Men 18-49 (2.0/6-tie) and Men 25-54 (2.4/7). In fact it was the evening’s No. 2 TV show, behind only “Wipeout,” in both Men demos.

  • “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” improved the hour for ABC over the year-ago night (6/18/08) by 1.1 million viewers (5.4 million vs. 4.3 million) and by 24% in Adults 18-49 (2.1/6 vs. 1.7/5).
  • Compared to its averages last summer coming out of “Wipeout,” “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” substantially increased its young adult retention to 81% in Adults 18-49 and to 86% in Adults 18-34, up from 66% and 72% in Summer ‘08, respectively.
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