Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ratings: syndies perk up

Syndicated game shows bounced back nicely in the week of July 8-14. Getting past the Fourth of July festivities probably helped. Only one of the syndies saw a decrease in household ratings, and it was the woeful one. TVNewsCheck has all the good tidings...

Wheel of Fortune 5.9 - up four ticks from a season low
Jeopardy 5.7 - up five ticks from its own season low
Family Feud 4.4 - up a couple ticks
Millionaire 2.4 - up a tick as we await Cedric
Baggage 0.9 - down a couple ticks for the perpetually downtrodden Jerry

The viewership averages from TV by the Numbers reflect the better news: Wheel of Fortune 9.1 million (weekend repeat 4.2 million), Jeopardy 8.5 million, Family Feud 6.5 million, Millionaire 3.3 million. Only Big Bang Theory pulled more viewers than Pat and Vanna.

Douglas Pucci reports that GSN turned in okay averages for July 15-21: 356K/272K viewers prime time/total day. Hardly terrible by the network's standards but down from the previous week. Chain Reaction is getting pulled from Monday night due to an underwhelming performance. O'Hurley Feud returns to the slot.