Sorry for the delay, Nielsen had processing issues this morning. ABC probably didn’t mind as it delayed the bad news about the premiere performance of the network’s summer Tuesday lineup. At 8 PM, Wipeout (1.7/6) was down a whopping 45% from last summer’s opener to post the reality series’ lowest-rated summer telecast ever. The episode was dubbed “special preview”, with Wipeout‘s official season premiere slated for tonight. At 9 PM, new game show 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (1.9/5) did a little better, even with last year’s premiere of Downfall. And at 10 PM, the Canadian/U.K.-produced medical drama Combat Hospital managed a 1.2/3. That was down 37% from last summer’s debut on ABC of another Canadian drama series, Rookie Blue.
All other originals were down last night. NBC’s The Voice (4.3/12) was down 7% (4% vs. its fast national rating as the singing competition tends to go up a tenth in the finals). America’s Got Talent (3.2/11) was down 9% for a season low. NBC still dominated the night with a 3.9/12 in adults 18-49 and 11.9 million viewers. Fox’s MasterChef (1.8/6) was down a tenth, edging the premiere of Wipeout for second place in the 8 PM hour among adults 18-49. The network aired Raising Hope repeats from 9-10 PM, while CBS stuck to its regular Tuesday lineup in reruns.