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Number Crunching: This Week's TV Ratings

Number Crunching: This Week's TV Ratings

  • A blowout for Wipeout. ABC's Wipeout became the Summer's biggest premiere — and, in fact, the biggest Summer premiere on any network since the start of The Singing Bee last ear — with 9.8 million viewers on Tuesday. I Survived a Japanese Game Show followed it, with 8 million viewers of its own.
  • Baby boom. NBC's The Baby Borrowers couldn't quite match Wipeout's numbers, but it did fine for itself on Wednesday, bringing in 7.8 million viewers and finishing just behind So You Think You Can Dance in its timeslot.
  • Camp rocked. Probably not surprisingly, Disney's Camp Rock has already spawned a sequel after bringing in 8.9 million viewers for its premiere last Friday, plus several million more on ABC and ABC Family over the weekend. That beats the debut for High School Musical but is lower than the numbers for High School Musical 2.
  • Time to feud! If not for Wipeout, the award for the week's best premiere would have gone to Celebrity Family Feud, which brought in 8.8 million viewers on Tuesday.
  • No nighttime love for daytime. The Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday didn't draw much attention, with just 5.39 million viewers. Maybe they should have aired in a more standard soap opera timeslot?
  • Poor Dave. Late Show with David Letterman got its worst ratings ever for adults 18-49 last week, allowing Jay Leno's Tonight Show to win the late-night battle by a large margin.

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