Let's talk about the major networks for a moment and the game shows they show in primetime evening slots, shall we?
ABC seems to like primetime game shows, because they don't seem to have a problem with trying out new game shows every single year. Nowadays, the average "Season" of a new ABC game show seems to be around 6 episodes. If the series is popular and pulls in the ratings, ABC then gives the go-ahead to produce another season with more episodes.
In addition, ABC was apparently considering a new game show called Million Dollar Mind Game but we haven't heard anything of it for a long time now.
Notable ABC Game Shows within the past few years include:
- In 2008, ABC had Duel, Wipeout and I Survived a Japanese Game Show.
- In 2009, ABC introduced Crash Course and the special Who Wants to be a Millionaire? 10th-Anniversary Edition.
- In 2010, ABC introduced Downfall.
- In 2011, ABC introduced 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show and Take the Money and Run.
NBC seems to like primetime game shows as well, also being in the habit of introducing new game shows to television audiences. Although NBC seems to sometimes have a habit of ruining good game shows by "fine-tuning" them to their own standards.
Notable NBC Game Shows within the past few years include:
- In 2005, NBC had Deal or No Deal.
- In 2006, NBC introduced 1 VS 100, Identity and Amne$ia.
- In 2010, NBC introduced Minute to Win It.
- In 2011, NBC introduced It's Worth What? and Who's Still Standing?.
CBS used to like game shows, but nowadays seems to spend more time producing pilots for potential game shows, and even more time is spent scrapping those pilots for other primetime drama series.
In addition, CBS apparently filmed pilots for The Cube, Secret Fortune and Celebrity Name Game, but it still seems to be a toss-up whether any of these series will make it to air.
Notable CBS Game Shows within the past few years include:
- In 2007, CBS introduced Power of 10.
- In 2008, CBS introduced Million Dollar Password.
- In 2009, CBS introduced Game Show in my Head.
FOX, on the other hand, ABSOLUTELY HATES game shows, because practically every game show they've aired within the past few years, they've cancelled within mere weeks of the premiere episode, if the series even lasted that long. I don't know why FOX bothers to promote new game shows months in advance of their premiere, then decides to cancel them a few weeks afterwards. It seems like wasted money advertising and creating a new game show, then cancelling it before giving it a chance to develop an audience.
In my opinion, the best game shows that aired on FOX were GREED, The Rich List and Million Dollar Money Drop. FOX cancelled Greed and Million Dollar Money Drop after only 1 Season, and FOX cancelled The Rich List after just 1 single episode.
Notable FOX Game Shows within the past few years include:
In 2006, FOX had The Rich List. (CANCELLED AFTER 1 EPISODE)
In 2007, FOX had Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and Don't Forget The Lyrics!.
In 2008, FOX introduced Hole in the Wall and the non-game-show-lie-detector-reality-program known as The Moment of Truth.
In 2010, FOX introduced Million Dollar Money Drop. (CANCELLED AFTER 12 EPISODES)
So there's my spiel. In summary, it seems like ABC and NBC are always willing to try out brand new primetime evening game shows. CBS likes developing pilot episodes, but doesn't like developing them into full-blown series. And FOX just likes getting people's hopes up with a new game show, then killing those hopes by cancelling the series before it catches on.