"Wipeout" doesn’t wipeout

ABC’s new game show/obstacle course show Wipeout, is so far the highest rated new show of the summer, winning its time slot in adults 18-49 and in households, and beating NBC’s new Celebrity Family Feud with Al Roker (and not the host of the syndicated version – John O’Hurley.) But NBC points out the program did it best rating in the time slot in ten weeks.

The other new show, ABC’s I Survived A Japenese Game Show, had solid sampling. The program tied second in adults 18-49 with America’s Got Talent. But it did drop in audience from the first half-hour to the second.

Thought: While I yet to see Wipeout, the promos tell me it’s already better than the awful 1988 daily game show strip of the same name, with former Press Your Luck host Peter Tomarken (Wipeout was buried at or around 2:10 a.m. in the Chicago market on WBBM-Channel 2 at the time – airing on late Friday nights only – so basically no one saw it. Ouch!) Al Roker seems comfortable as host of Celebrity Family Feud, though anybody is better than former host Louie Anderson (1999-2002). Roker is Feud’s sixth host.

For my thoughts on I Survived A Japenese Game Show, click here and scroll all the way down.