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July 02, 2008

'Wipeout' stays afloat in Week 2

ABC's "Wipeout" continued to impress in its second week on the air; the obstacle course competition series nearly matched its premiere rating.

"Wipeout" (9.4 million viewers, 3.5 preliminary adults 18-49 rating and a 12 share) easily dominated the 8 p.m. hour, falling only 5% from last week's debut. NBC's rival "Celebrity Family Feud" (7 million, 1.9/7) fell 17% in its second week.

Fox's "Moment of Truth" (4.6 million, 1.8/6), returning this week for its summer finale, placed third in the hour with a series low rating.

At 9 p.m., the momentum shifted from ABC to Fox, with "Hell's Kitchen" (7.9 million, 3.6/11) holding steady this week, topping the hour and pushing aside "Wipeout" to lead the night. The second episode of ABC's "I Survived a Japanese Game Show" (6.3 million, 2.6/8), however, didn't hold up as well as its lead in, falling 16%.

NBC's two-hour "America's Got Talent" (12 million, 3.3/10) placed second in the hour, gaining 6% for the week and gave NBC a win for the night -- edging out ABC and Fox by a tenth of a point. NBC also won among total viewers.

At 10 p.m., "Primetime: The Outsiders" (5.7 million, 2.1/6) fell 16% and placed second in the hour, but featured what might be the perfect newsmagazine listing description: "Raising monkeys as children; the extreme edge of morbid obesity; grisly accident photos leaked online."


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