Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Ratings: syndies swoon, singers succeed

Summertime and the ratings are slipping. You know the drill: warm weather, reruns, other things to do besides the tube. Syndicated game shows felt the sting in the week of May 27-June 2. All the shows were down from the previous week and Wheel of Fortune hit a season low, despite the million-dollar win. TVNewsCheck brings the dreary news...

Wheel of Fortune 6.0 - down a tick from the previous week, to that season low
Jeopardy 5.4 - down three ticks
Family Feud 4.3 - down a tick
Millionaire 2.2 - down a tick in Meredith's last week of originals
Baggage 1.0 - down a couple ticks for perpetual also-ran Jerry

Syndication suffered in general, so despite the downdraft, four syndicated game shows made the top 25 list at TV by the Numbers. The viewership averages: Wheel of Fortune 9.2 million, Jeopardy 8.1 million, Family Feud 6.4 million, Millionaire 3.1 million. In today's gazillion channel universe, even these numbers don't look bad.

GSN continued to feel the absence of American Bible Challenge in the week of June 3-9. The network averaged 353K/268K viewers prime time/total day. Not bad by GSN's historical standards, but not so hot compared to recent weeks.

A couple of broadcast network shows turned in pretty decent ratings last night, June 10. The Winner Is, NBC's combo talent contest/game show, drew 6.3 million viewers and a 1.8 18-49 rating. Oh Sit got its best ratings in a while: 910K viewers and a 0.4 in the demo.

Exit and Total Blackout perked up in the ratings for their second go-round on June 11. Exit got 812K total viewers with a 0.3 18-49 rating. Total Blackout garnered 616K viewers with a 0.2 in the demo. Not fantastic numbers by Syfy standards, but better than the previous week.

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