Winter 'Wipeout' kills on ABC

Winter-WipeoutImage Credit: Mike Weaver/ABCABC’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).

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  • Cindi

    I have Wipeout TiVoed. Looking forward to some big balls tonight. Thanks for bringing a few winter eps, ABC!

    • stephen

      This show is fun to watch! From the 3 very funny hosts to the sound effects to the awesome challenges… My family really gets a kick out of it. Now I just have to figure out how to get on myself… I would totally win the $50,000!

      • Megan

        If you have a Facebook, then go to the search box and type in Wipeout. Click on that, and then you will see blue tabs, click on the blue tab that says NOW CASTING!! Then it will show you stuff that you need to require and if you would want to apply online, or go to an open audition. Your Welcome, if this was any help!

  • Quirky

    Those course designers have now gotten “getting hit in the face” down to an exact science. This is a great show for people that want to see Jackass, but are scared of penises.

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  • Barack Palin

    I hate to say it but “Wipeout” is a guilty pleasure and am happy to see it back. Maybe the winter will go by faster.

  • UGH

    More @$$ shots please/

  • Meli

    Okay, it’s not ‘Masterpiece Theatre’. But you know what? It’s fun! Just need more big red balls, though.

  • Anne

    I love it, and I don’t know why. That said, if a new “Bones” had been on opposite, I would have watched that instead.

  • stiffy

    I agree. I’ve watched this show since it’s first day and still laugh hysterically when watching it. I want to be on the show and jump on those big orange balls too. Last night’s episode was priceless.

    • Kirsten

      They’re RED balls.

  • Sarah

    I love how Wipeout doesn’t take itself too seriously. Glad it’s back!

  • Ryan

    How did it tops its competition? Big Bang Thoery had a higher 18-49 demo and rating in viewers!

    • Elmo

      LOL! You read as poorly as you write!

  • JimmyH

    Very happy it’s back on. My daughter loves this show. She wants the video game for Wii.

    • Herb

      Unless your daughter is 5, don’t bother. I got it for my 11 year old and it’s boring as he11.

      • Sheli

        My kids are 11 & 12, and they have fun with it. We always rent first to check out games before we buy.

  • Andy

    Have they thanked MXC yet?

    • paul

      Yes, they have. Moving on…

  • tcrab

    great guilty pleasure show…those half doors opening up were hilarious, great addition from the course designers

    • J T

      I LOVE those dutch doors…they are HILARIOUS!!!

  • Loka

    I laugh my A** off everytime one the contestants gets hit or fall down. The worse it is, the harder I laugh. My sister thinks I’m demented. This is the greatest show ever!!!!!!!

    • Flip

      You’re what’s wrong with America.

    • ihatescreennames

      I love it, too–it was HILARIOUS last night–I laughed my tail off, too! I LOVE WIPEOUT!!!!

  • Tom

    OMG this is one of my favorite shows on TV! There’s no better way to unwind after the work day than to watch people gleefully get smacked down by big balls and swinging doors!!! Keep it up Wipeout!!!

    • Julius

      Couldn’t have said it better – I was looking forward to it all day while zombie-ing away at work. Totally didn’t disappoint. Love this show

      • Flip

        You have low-class taste. You are what’s wrong with America.

  • Flip

    This show is white trash and so are the people who watch it.

    • Alimentum

      No Flip, you’re insulting a broad swath of human beings, calling them names, simply because their taste in entertainment doesn’t agree with your own. I’d say that you’re what’s wrong with America, but those sort of bombastic statements serve no purpose. Have a nice day.

    • David

      …and so are the people named “Flip.”

    • Hey Flip!

      I’m “flipping” my middle finger to you in salute! KTHXBAI!

    • Kirsten

      You’re sure nice. jk

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