Splash, splat, waaah…
The sounds of summer TV are distinctive—and popular, with solid premieres last week for Wipeout, I Survived a Japanese Game Show and The Baby Borrowers, per Nielsen Media Research stats.
ABC's Wipeout, a slippery, sloppy obstacle course fit for American gladiators, but tackled by American Joes and Janes, was the most watched show among TV's prized, but ever-dwindling pool of 18-to-49-year-olds.
Overall, it averaged 10 million viewers, posted its network's biggest summer premiere in three years, and ranked second behind NBC's veteran summer show, America's Got Talent (11.7 million).
I Survived a Japanese Game Show, an ABC offering fit for a Survivor-chosen island, but set on, yes, a pads-and-helmets-required Japanese game show, pulled in at 10th place (8 million).