'Wipeout,' 'Talent' remain hot in TV ratings

ABC Family’s new drama “Secret Life of the American Teenager” has blossomed into one of the summer’s biggest ratings successes.

In its fourth outing, the teen drama from Brenda Hampton surged to its best scores yet Tuesday while setting some network series records in key female demos. Boosted by a huge tune-in among female teens, it also drew, for example, a larger overall audience than CW did two months earlier for the season finale of “Gossip Girl.”

According to Nielsen estimates that include same-night DVR playback, “American Teenager” averaged a 1.1 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 3.09 million viewers overall, once again standing as cable’s top program in Tuesday’s lead-off hour.

Week to week, “Teenager” shot up by 25% in adults 18-34 (1.5/5 vs. 1.2/4), by 38% in 18-49 (1.1/4 vs. 0.8/3) and by 25% in total viewers (3.09 million vs. 2.48 million). It’s also hitting a bull’s eye with female teens, logging a huge 7.8/28.

Tuesday’s overall aud for “Teenager” was bigger than the 3 million that CW’s buzzed-about “Gossip Girl” drew for its finale in May (albeit against tougher competition).

ABC Family ordered a second season of the drama earlier this week.

Elsewhere Tuesday, ABC’s “Wipeout” remained hot (3.7/12 in 18-49, 9.99m), establishing series highs in teens 12-17 (2.7/11) and kids 2-11 (3.5/13) while reigning as the night’s top show in these categories as well as 18-49 (3.7/12) and 18-34 (3.1/11).

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” dominated the night’s 9 o’clock hour (3.4/10, 13.24m) and stood as Tuesday’s most-watched program overall, hitting a season high.

In cable, the season finale of Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” hit a summer high (1.4/4, 2.91m), while A&E’s “The Cleaner” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.38m) held onto more than 90% of its preem aud from the previous week.

And Oxygen’s “Tori & Dean” hit a series high with 1.1 million viewers.

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