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Ratings: ABC Makes a Splash; Smash Dips

Splash | Photo Credits: Kelsey McNeal/ABC

Splash made a huge, uh, splash Tuesday.

ABC’s diving competition series premiered to 8.8 million viewers and a 2.6 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, making it the network’s biggest unscripted series debut in more than two years and the highest-rated reality premiere since The X Factor in 2011. Splash was also up 13 percent from Celebrity Wife Swap‘s premiere in the timeslot. Lead-outs Dancing with the Stars recap show (9.6 million, 2.1) was up from last spring’s …

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