Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Ratings: sweep along with the syndies

As the site usually does when a sweeps period ends, TVNewsCheck ran the percentage changes since the previous year's sweeps. Family Feud had the most to celebrate, as the show benefited from better timeslots. Otherwise there wasn't much movement compared to last year. The household ratings for the April 25-May 22 sweeps...

Wheel of Fortune 6.3 - down a couple ticks compared to last May's sweeps
Jeopardy 5.8 - up a couple ticks
Family Feud 4.5 - up a whopping fifteen ticks
Millionaire 2.4 - down a tick in Meredith's last sweeps
Let's Ask America 1.6 - steady for the game show rookie in its metered markets
Baggage 1.0 - Jerry has to be used to last place by now

TV by the Numbers didn't bother with this sweeps nonsense. They just ran their usual top 25 syndie list for the week of May 20-26. Four game shows made the viewership chart: Wheel of Fortune 9.4 million (weekend repeat 4.6 million), Jeopardy 8.6 million, Family Feud 6.5 million, Millionaire 3.2 million.

GSN's numbers for the week of May 27-June 2 softened noticeably compared to recent weeks: 374K/271K viewers prime time/total day. Hardly terrible by the network's historical standards, but not as robust as when American Bible Challenge was romping and stomping.