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NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” has emerged as early summer’s hottest show, claiming the top two spots in the program rankings in what was a good frame all around for unscripted fare.

ABC’s “Wipeout” and “The Bachelorette” plus Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and “So You Think You Can Dance” also clicked.

Week’s only scripted program to rank among the top 10 among young adults was a repeat of CBS laffer “The Big Bang Theory.” And cracking the top 20 were cable standouts “The BET Awards” on BET, HBO’s “True Blood,” Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” and History’s “Pawn Stars.”

The week’s most popular unscripted program — the United States-Ghana World Cup soccer match — aired outside primetime: ABC and Univision combined for 19.4 million viewers, the most for any telecast of the sport in the USA.

Overall for the June 21-27 frame, Fox led in adults 18-49 with a 1.7 rating/6 share, followed by ABC, NBC and Univision in a three-tie for second (1.5/5), followed by CBS (1.3/4) and top cabler USA (0.9/2). ABC and NBC shared the lead in adults 25-54 (1.9/6), Univision and Fox tied for tops among adults 18-34 (1.6/6), and CBS held the advantage in total viewers (6.2 million to 5.2 million for runner-up NBC).

For NBC, “America’s Got Talent” matched a four-year Wednesday high (3.5/10 in 18-49, 12.37m), and Tuesday’s seg did nearly as well (3.4/10, 11.65m) despite tough reality competish.

It was pretty slow going elsewhere for the net, though, including soft firstrun scores for “Persons Unknown” (1.0/3, 2.87m) and “Losing It With Jillian” (1.2/4, 3.72m).

At Fox, “The Good Guys” continues to struggle on Monday (1.2/3, 4.24m) despite a decent lead-in from an original episode of “Lie to Me” (1.8/6, 6.08m). Fortunately, the net has a pair of reality vets to count on in “Hell’s Kitchen” (3.0/9, 6.38m for its second hour on Tuesday) and “So YouThink You Can Dance” (2.5/8, 6.38m for its two-hour Wednesday seg).

ABC was paced by Tuesday’s “Wipeout” (3.1/11 in 18-49, 9.51m), but the premieres that followed it — “Downfall” (1.9/6, 5.67m) and “Primetime: Mind Games” (1.3/4, 3.87m) — failed to make an impression. The net fared better competitively Thursday with the premiere of cop drama “Rookie Blue” (1.9/6, 7.24m), which followed another epi-sode of “Wipeout” (1.9/6, 7.24m), but struggled following “Rookie” with the debut of newsmag “Boston Med” (1.3/4, 5.06m).

Sunday saw sharp week-two declines for scripted dramas “Scoundrels” (1.0/3, 3.66m) and “The Gates” (1.1/3, 3.24m).

CBS didn’t do a lot with most of its repeats, and Sunday’s Daytime Emmy Awards settled for ho-hum scores (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.63m). The net usually doesn’t perk up in summer until the thrice-weekly “Big Brother” bows, with this year’s preem set for July 8.

In the first clean week for a while in evening news (now that the NHL and NBA Finals are complete), NBC’s “Nightly News” remained on top with a 1.8 rating/8 share in adults 25-54 and 7.2 million viewers overall, but ABC’s “World News” was a competitive second (1.6/7 in 25-54, 6.7 million) and closed the gap vs. the same week a year ago. CBS’ “Evening News” continues to languish in third (1.3/6 in 25-54, 5.2 million).

USA led in cable behind Monday’s “WWE Raw” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 5.38m for its 10 o’clock hour) and Thursday’s drama duo of “Royal Pains” (1.6/5, 5.30m) and “Burn Notice” (1.6/4, 5.33m), but Sunday’s live BET Awards telecast was the top cable program (3.0/11, 7.36m), ranking fourth in 18-49 among all primetime telecasts for the frame and No. 1 among persons 12-34 (3.6/16).

“Deadliest Catch” was cable’s top series of the week among young adults (2.2/6, 5.37m), tying Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” as Wednesday’s No. 1 show in men 18-49 (2.6/8).

Other highlights included a good return for animated laffer “Futurama” on Comedy Central (1.6/5, 2.92m), cable’s No. 1 show on Thursday in adults 18-34 (2.1/8); the NBA Draft on ESPN rising by double-digit percentages vs. last year (1.2/4, 2.79m); Disney Channel did well with the premiere of “16 Wishes” on Friday (1.0/4 in 18-49, 5.61m), ranking as the night’s No. 1 telecast among persons 12-34 (2.0/10); and on Wednesday, Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0” (1.1/4, 1.97m) was No. 1 in cable for the night in all male demos.

TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” (0.9/3, 3.37m) was tops in women 25-54 (1.7/4).

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