Audiences continue to ‘Wipeout’

Reality shows dominate Tuesday ratings

Two of summer’s hottest shows — NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and ABC rookie “Wipeout” — put up more strong numbers on Tuesday, which saw the Alphabet net notch a narrow victory among young adults.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Wipeout” obliterated the competition in the night’s opening hour, delivering a potent 3.5 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 and 9.7 million viewers overall. It towered over its next closest pursuer in demos, NBC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall).

NBC then surged to the lead at 9 o’clock with “America’s Got Talent” (3.6/10 in 18-49, 13.6 million viewers overall), which was the night’s top show and drew its largest overall audience of the season. Among the shows it beat out were fellow unscripted series “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” on ABC (2.3/6 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) and “Big Brother” on CBS (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall).

At 10, ABC prevailed with a special “Primetime” report celebrating the life of the “Last Lecture” professor Randy Pausch (2.4/7 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall). NBC ran second with a repeat of “Law & Order: SVU” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall), while CBS was a distant third among the broadcasters with an encore “Without a Trace” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall).

Fox had a quiet night with repeats of “Kitchen Nightmares” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) and “House” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 2.7/8; NBC, 2.5/7; CBS, Fox and Univision, 1.6/5; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 9.5 million; ABC, 7.7 million; CBS, 6.7 million; Fox, 4.4 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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