Led by Wipeout, ABC edged out NBC for the night with adults 18-49, while NBC had the night’s most overall viewers.

At 8pm Wipeout easily wiped out its time slot competition with a 2.6/9 (rating/share) with adults 18-49 and 7.62 million viewers.  Second for the hour was So You Think You Can Dance: The 15 Best (1.9/6, 4.64M), followed by an America’s Got Talent recap (1.5/5, 7.15M) a repeat of The New Adventures of Old Christine (1.1/4, 4.46M) and the CBS Fall Preview (0.9/3, 3.84M) and a repeat hour of America’s Next Top Model on the CW (0.5/2, 1.27M).

At 9pm America’s Got Talent (2.6/8, 12.1M viewers) easily led the hour and one the time period by a commanding 44% margin with adults 18-49.  Still, FOX might be happy with the results of a reairing, but not exactly repeat airing of the Glee pilot (it was the directors cut) with a 1.8/5 with adults 18-49 and 4.2 million viewers.

Though viewership was not high for either the SYTYCD clip show or the Glee airing, the concentration of 18-49 viewers was good, especially for non original episodes.  The early indication is the two shows fit together nicely.  Both premiere next week…

Elsewhere at 9pm was ABC’s Crash Course (1.7/5, 4.53M and down slightly from last week’s premiere 1.9/5 rating) a repeat of Criminal Minds (1.7/5, 6.96M) and another repeat hour of America’s Next Top Model (0.6/2, 1.27M)

At 10PM the winner was ABC’s Primetime: Crime (1.9/6, 6.58M), a repeat of Law & Order: SVU (1.8/5, 6.13M) and a repeat of CSI: NY (1.5/4, 6.54M).

In the late night wars:

Conan and the Tonight Show led David Letterman and CBS’ Late Show in the demos (1.0/5 adults 18-49 vs. 0.7/3 — top 24 local people meter markets only) and Conan also had a 75% lead with adults 18-34 (0.7/4 vs. 0.4/2).  Jimmy Fallon also came on top over The Late Late Show with adults 18-49 in Nielsen’s 24 largest people meter markets. Fallon’s  0.5/3 topped Ferguson’s 0.4/2 and was also ahead with adults 18-34 (0.4/2 vs. 0.3/2).

You didn’t really think Ferguson’s fabulous rant (“why everything sucks”) came completely out of thin air, did you?

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  • Conan O’Brien (1.0/5 in 18-49 in local people meters) beat CBS’s LATE SHOW (0.7/3) by a 43% margin among adults 18-49 in Nielsen’s 24 local markets with People Meters.  Conan’s margin over LATE SHOW grew to 75% in adults 18-34 (0.7/4 vs. 0.4/2).

  • At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.5/3 in 18-49 in local people meters) topped CBS’s LATE LATE SHOW (0.4/2) by a 25% margin.  In 18-34, Jimmy topped Ferguson by 33% (0.4/3 vs. 0.3/2).

  • Conan and Jimmy also won among adults 25-54.  At 11:35 p.m., it was Conan 1.2/5; LATE SHOW, 1.0/4; and at 12:35 a.m., it was Jimmy Fallon, 0.6/4; LATE LATE SHOW, 0.5/3.
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