"Wipeout" on course for third season

Wed Jul 22, 2009 4:01am EDT
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Obstacle-course reality hit "Wipeout" will return for a third season.

ABC is bringing the show back for an unspecified number of episodes next summer. At a time when few broadcast reality shows earn second or third seasons, the return of the stunt-driven series shows that last year's popular debut was no flash in the pan.

The "Wipeout" production engaged in online promotion during the series, offering live factoids about the show via Twitter during each telecast and soliciting feedback from viewers that was incorporated into the show. For Season 3, producers are building a new obstacle course, though a signature "big balls" element is being kept -- with a twist.

"Wipeout," an Endemol production, has averaged 8.8 million viewers this season in its regular Wednesday time period. Three of the past four weeks it was No. 1 in its time period in the 18-49 adult demographic sought by advertisers.

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)