Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Ratings: syndies wipe out

The week of June 17-23 was downright brutal for syndicated game shows. The best news was that one show stayed flat with the week before. Otherwise, it was grim tidings for all concerned. TVNewsCheck posts the sorrowful numbers...

Wheel of Fortune 5.6 - down three ticks to yet another season low
Jeopardy 5.3 - down a tick to its own season low
Family Feud 4.3 - down a couple ticks
Millionaire 2.3 - flat, which is pretty good for this week
Baggage 0.9 - down a couple ticks in more great news for Jerry

Syndication generally skidded for the week, so four of the game shows made the top 25 list at TV by the Numbers.  The viewership averages: Wheel of Fortune 8.4 million (weekend repeat 3.9 million), Jeopardy 7.8 million, Family Feud 6.4 million, Millionaire 3.1 million. The numbers probably aren't going to get better as the summer goes on.

TVNewser says GSN enjoyed a very nice second quarter with 382K/275K viewership averages prime time/total day. Thank you, American Bible Challenge and Steve Harvey's Family Feud. In other GSN news, Minute To Win It continued to get decent numbers on July 2: an average of 428K total viewers with a very high (by GSN standards) 178K 18-49 viewers.

Finally, the sidebar offers the latest ratings for Oh Sit, Exit and Wipeout. Long story short: the first two get about 700K viewers, the last a little under four million.