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ABC Wins Thursday Ratings Race With WIPEOUT Special

ABC Wins Thursday Ratings Race With WIPEOUT Special

ABC (6.41 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) pulled in front on Thursday with a special two-hour WIPEOUT (6.74 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) and a new "Rookie Blue" (5.75 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5).

Here are the other highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

CBS (5.23 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.85 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) and "Two and a Half Men" (6.77 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4) alongside a new "Big Brother 14" (6.00 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) and the debut of "3" (2.39 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was FOX (2.27 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with the season finale of "Take Me Out" (2.86 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) alongside a repeat of "Glee" (1.68 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.91 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up second runs of "The Office" (2.55 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) and "Parks & Recreation" (1.69 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) plus originals from "Saving Hope" (2.86 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Rock Center With BrIan Williams" (3.73 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.00 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "The L.A. Complex" (0.54 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) The CW (0.77 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 0.5 rating while "Complex" posted a 0.3 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+37.50% - Wipeout
+20.00% - Saving Hope
+14.29% - Rock Center With BrIan Williams
+7.14% - Rookie Blue
0.00% - Big Brother 14
0.00% - Take Me Out
Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+25.71% - Wipeout (vs. Wipeout/Expedition Impossible)
+15.38% - Rookie Blue
-11.11% - Rock Center With BrIan Williams (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
-15.38% - Big Brother 14
-29.41% - Saving Hope (vs. The Office (Repeat)/30 Rock (Repeat))
-29.41% - Take Me Out (vs. So You Think You Can Dance 8)
-33.33% - 3 (vs. The Mentalist (Repeat))
In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):
In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.7/4; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).


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