winter wipeout 320 TV ratings: 'Wipeout' makes a splash in winter debut, but CBS takes ThursdayFast National ratings for Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011

CBS took its usual spot at the top of the total-viewer rankings on Thursday, but the wintertime debut of “Wipeout” on ABC gave that network its best 8 o’clock numbers of the season — by a huge margin — and helped pave the way for a demographic win.

CBS and ABC were pretty much the only games in town ratings-wise Thursday night as the other broadcast nets are a couple weeks away from debuting their midseason schedules. The Eye led the night with 13.8 million viewers and an 8.3 rating/14 share among households. ABC (10.3 million, 6.1/10) was a solid second. There was a huge drop from there to third-place FOX (4 million, 2.6/4). NBC (3 million, 1.9/3) came in fourth, and The CW trailed with 1.4 million viewers and a 0.9/1.

“Wipeout’s” strong debut (3.7 rating among adults 18-49) helped ABC lead the night in the demographic; it averaged 3.6 for the evening. CBS was close behind at 3.4. FOX and NBC tied for third at 1.2, while The CW delivered a 0.5.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (14 million viewers, 8.2/14 households)/“$#*! My Dad Says” (10.9 million, 6.5/11)
ABC: “Wipeout” premiere (11.6 million, 5.9/10)
FOX: “Million Dollar Money Drop” (4.6 million, 3.0/5)
NBC: “Community” rerun (3 million, 2.0/3)/”30 Rock” rerun (3.2 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” rerun (1.4 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: “The Big Bang Theory” (4.4)

9 p.m.

CBS: “CSI” (14.2 million, 8.6/14)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” (11.7 million, 7.3/12)
NBC: “The Office” rerun (4 million, 2.4/4)/”Outsourced” rerun (3.2 million, 1.9/3)
FOX: “Bones” rerun (3.4 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: “Nikita” rerun (1.4 million, 0.9/1)

18-49 leader: “Grey’s Anatomy” (4.2)

10 p.m.

CBS: “The Mentalist” (14.8 million, 9.0/15)
ABC: “Private Practice” (7.8 million, 5.2/9)
NBC: “The Office” reruns – two episodes (2.2 million, 1.5/3)

18-49 leader: “The Mentalist” (3.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Posted by:Rick Porter