ABC scored another win on Thursday with originals of its Shonda Rhimes dramas and the premiere of Winter Wipeout. The network posted a 3.3 rating/9 share in the adult 18-49 demo and 9.4 million viewers – in part because the competition (save for CW) aired repeats.
Granted, that wasn’t the best showing for Wipeout: The premiere only earned a 2.8/8, down 26 percent from last year’s bow on Jan. 6. Matter of fact, that’s its lowest rated premiere ever. (More painful than those red balls?) Grey’s Anatomy, however, earned a 4.5/11, up 10 percent from its last original eight weeks ago, while Private Practice earned a 2.8/7, up 8 percent from seven weeks ago. The dramas lured 12 million and 7.8 million, respectively.
CBS came in second for the in the demo (2.3/6), even though it ran repeats of its comedies and The Mentalist. Fox was third with repeats of Bones, while CW posted a rare fourth in the demo 1.1/3) ahead of NBC (.8/2) because it aired originals of The Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle opposite the Peacock’s repeats.
The return of Diaries also matched its best women 18-34 number of the season (2.3/7) since the show’s premiere last September.