Think I'll start a thread about the ratings of non-GSN game shows, similar to the endless threads on the Schedule board for GSN. Since I post the numbers all the time on the blog, I might as well repost 'em here. This week with a publicity photo of Alex Trebek on the Jeopardy set plus two friends of unequal height...
Syndies prosper after turkey week
Once America got finished digesting those turkey dinners, it went back to watching syndicated game shows. Most of the shows got nice bounces in the November 28-December 4 week following the holiday. TVNewsCheck gobbles about the numbers...
Wheel of Fortune 7.6 - up a dozen ticks - holy letters, Vanna!
Jeopardy 6.2 - not to be outdone by the soulmate, up eleven ticks
Family Feud 3.1 - up five ticks, Steve smiles
Millionaire 2.5 - flat, the party-pooper
As always, when TV by the Numbers puts up the viewership averages, I'll repost them. Well, the TVBTN guys delivered: Wheel of Fortune 12.0 million, Jeopardy 9.6 million, Family Feud 4.6 million. Good numbers all around. Meredith missed the top 25 list but not by much, just two-tenths of a ratings point.
Meanwhile, Fear Factor grossed out some very nice numbers in its return on Monday: a 3.5 18-49 rating and 8.7 million total viewers. Downright explosive by NBC standards. Look for even more WOW OH BOY stunts if anything like this story continues.
On the downbeat side You Deserve It proceeds tearfully toward the exits: a series low 0.9 18-49 rating and 3.4 million viewers. Chris Harrison loves the show. He's part of a dwindling group.
And Real Deal bounced back in its third week to 1.9 million viewers. Fine by cable standards and probably good enough for a renewal on History. No, it ain't Pawn Stars but it ain't no flop. And I ain't no grammarian.