ABC's 'Wipeout' Spikes and 'Rookie Blue ' Hits a Season High Against the Olympics

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August 10th, 2012

via press note:


Building on its lead-in at 9pm against the Olympics, ABC’s Wipeout ran a competitive #2 against its non-sports competition in the hour to Big Brother with young adults, while beating the CBS unscripted series with Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11.


  • · Wipeout’s numbers shot up week to week by nearly 1.0 million viewers and by 21% with young adults.


  • · Although facing the Olympics this year, Wipeout delivered big year-over-year time period improvement for ABC in Total Viewers (+26%) and Adults 18-49 (+55%), up sharply over original programming in the hour on the year-ago evening (Expedition Impossible on 8/11/11).


During the 10pm hour, ABC’s Rookie Blue finished as the most-watched series in its slot in for its 2nd consecutive original telecast.


  • · Hitting a season high for its 2nd straight first-run broadcast despite facing the Olympics, Rookie Blue equaled its highest Adult 18-49 rating since last June – since 6/23/11. In fact, Rookie Blue was up over its year-ago telecast by an impressive 1.0 million viewers and by 50% in Adults 18-49.


  • Craig Lowe

    I wonder if there’s any error in last night’s calculations, because my ABC affiliate was running playing the Eagles first preseason game, yet the televison guide (Comcast) was reading regular programming, including Wipeout.

  • RyanCanada

    Rookie Blue is such a well done show! love it.

  • Davin Peterson

    The DC ABC Affilate was showing the Ravens game. I wonder if the ratings would have been higher if not for pre-season football

  • Lauren

    Rookie blue is a great show. As more people hear about it, I expect the numbers to continue to climb.

  • mArS

    Wipeout actually became a series low in finals :(. Fail, ABC.

  • LLL

    Yeah, maybe they should have held off the press release until after those EPIC FAIL final ratings. The massive drop is a reality check.

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