The 2.0 adults 18-49 rating for the premiere of ABC’s Rookie Blue may not seem like much, but by the standards of this summer’s new scripted shows, it’s a blockbuster. The 1.3 rating for the premiere of documentary Boston Med was more typical of the poor ratings so far for summer premieres.

As usual during this “summer of serious”, it was unscripted reality and CBS repeats topping the hours.

Wipeout’s 2.6 adults 18-49 rating was down 16% from Tuesday’s premiere, but there aren’t any Thursday comparables yet.

Without competition from the NBA Finals game 7, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance bounced back 5% to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Kobe or not, NBC’s 100 Questions got no help, slipping a tenth of a point to a 0.6 rating.

Note that the ratings below are for the entire show(s) not half hour segments, like my typical overnight posts.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 ABC Wipeout 2.6 9 7.793
FOX Glee (repeat) 1.3 5 3.862
CBS CSI (repeat) 1.2 4 6.406
NBC Community (repeat) 0.7 3 2.283
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.5 2 1.131
8:30 NBC 100 Questions 0.6 2 1.827
9:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.4 7 6.352
ABC Rookie Blue (premiere) 2.0 6 7.253
CBS CSI (repeat) 1.4 4 6.941
NBC The Office (repeat) 1.0 3 2.402
CW Moonlight (repeat) 0.4 1 1.021
9:30 NBC 30 Rock (repeat) 0.9 3 2.087
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 1.7 5 8.787
ABC Boston Med (premiere) 1.3 4 5.103
NBC The Office (repeat) 1.0 3 2.248
10:30 NBC Parks and Recreation (repeat) 0.9 3 1.987

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